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[tur-boh] /ˈtɜr boʊ/
noun, plural turbos.
Informal. turbocharger.
an automobile powered by an internal-combustion engine equipped with a turbocharger.
Origin of turbo
1655-65, in sense “tornado”; 1900-05 for def 1; in part < Latin turbō top, whirlwind, in part by shortening of turbocharged or turbocharger


a combining form representing turbine, in compound words:
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Examples from the web for turbo
  • 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.
  • If any one of you have ever driven a turbo charged or super charged car you know there is extra power available.
  • It is improvement on opera turbo, but improvement is only possible due to scale of company.
  • But the battery and motor kick in right away, compensating for the so-called turbo lag.
  • And automakers can use smaller engines to improve efficiency, making up for lost power by turbo-charging them.
  • Could there not be, instead of an inside turbo machine, a pressure tube is implanted.
  • Then use a turbo or oil diffusion pump to reach a high vacuum.
  • The coral snake hijacks this early warning system, by producing chemicals that turbo-charge it.
  • Most diesel purveyors are only putting a single turbo on theirs.
British Dictionary definitions for turbo


combining form
of, relating to, or driven by a turbine: turbofan
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Word Origin and History for turbo


word-forming element, abstracted c.1900 from turbine; influenced by Latin turbo "spinning top."

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Slang definitions & phrases for turbo

tunnel vision

noun phrase

Very narrow and restricted vision or perception; the inability to see anything except what is directly in front (1949+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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