Pronunciation: (chûrn),[key] —n. 1. a container or machine in which cream or milk is agitated to make butter.
2. any of various containers or machines similar in shape or action to a butter churn, as a device for mixing beverages.
3. Brit.a large milk can.
4. an act of churning stocks by a stockbroker.
—v.t. 1. to agitate in order to make into butter: to churn cream. 2. to make (butter) by the agitation of cream.
3. to shake or agitate with violence or continued motion: The storm churned the sea. 4. (of a stockbroker) to trade (a customer's securities) excessively in order to earn more in commissions.
—v.i. 1. to operate a churn.
2. to move or shake in agitation, as a liquid or any loose matter: The leaves churned along the ground. 3. (of a stockbroker) to engage in the practice of churning.
4. churn out, to produce mechanically, hurriedly, or routinely: He was hired to churn out verses for greeting cards.