noun, plural turbos.
Informal. turbocharger.
an automobile powered by an internal-combustion engine equipped with a turbocharger.

1655–65, in sense “tornado”; 1900–05 for def 1; in part < Latin turbō top, whirlwind, in part by shortening of turbocharged or turbocharger

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a combining form representing turbine, in compound words: turbojet.

turb(ine) + -o-

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combining form
of, relating to, or driven by a turbine: turbofan

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formed c.1900 from turbine, influenced by L. turbo "spinning top."
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Example sentences
Equipped with turbo-pumps, it was powered by propellant which was forced into a high pressure combustion chamber.
When it is in an electric plant it is called a turbo-alternator.
And automakers can use smaller engines to improve efficiency, making up for lost power by turbo-charging them.
The coral snake hijacks this early warning system, by producing chemicals that turbo-charge it.
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