Churn (?), n. [OE. chirne, cherne, AS. ceren, cyrin; akin to D. karn, Dan. kierne. See Churn, v. t.]

A vessel in which milk or cream is stirred, beaten, or otherwise agitated (as by a plunging or revolving dasher) in order to separete the oily globules from the other parts, and obtain butter.


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Churn, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Churned (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Churning.] [OE. chernen, AS. cernan; akin to LG. karnen, G. kernen, D. karnen, Dan. kierne, Sw. karna, and also to E. corn, kernel, the meaning coming from the idea of extracting the kernel or marrow. See Kernel.]


To stir, beat, or agitate, as milk or cream in a churn, in order to make butter.


To shake or agitate with violence.

Churned in his teeth, the foamy venom rose. Addison.


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Churn, v. i.

To perform the operation of churning.


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