verb (used with object), stirred, stirring.
to move one’s hand or an implement continuously or repeatedly through (a liquid or other substance) in order to cool, mix, agitate, dissolve, etc., any or all of the component parts:
to stir one’s coffee with a spoon.
to set in tremulous, fluttering, or irregular motion:
A soft breeze stirred the leaves.
to affect strongly; excite:
to stir pity; to stir one’s heart.
to incite, instigate, or prompt (usually followed by up):
to stir up a people to rebellion.
to move briskly; bestir:
to stir oneself.
to move, especially in a slight way:
He would not stir a finger to help them.
to rouse from inactivity, quiet, contentment, indifference, etc. (usually followed by up):
to stir up his potential.
to bring up for notice or discussion.
to disturb; trouble.
verb (used without object), stirred, stirring.
to move, especially slightly or lightly:
Not a leaf stirred.
to move around, especially briskly; be active:
Everyone in the house was stirring.
to become active, as from some rousing or quickening impulse.
to be emotionally moved or strongly affected.
to be in circulation, current, or afoot:
Is there any news stirring?
the act of stirring or moving.
the sound made by stirring or moving slightly.
a state or occasion of general excitement; commotion:
The news created a stir.
a mental impulse, sensation, or feeling:
a stir of hope.
a jog, poke, or thrust:
He gave the refuse a stir with his foot.
movement, especially brisk and busy movement:
There was too much clamor and stir for her.
verb stirs, stirring, stirred
to move an implement such as a spoon around in (a liquid) so as to mix up the constituents: she stirred the porridge
to change or cause to change position; disturb or be disturbed: he stirred in his sleep
(intransitive) often foll by from. to venture or depart (from one’s usual or preferred place): he won’t stir from the fireside
(intransitive) to be active after a rest; be up and about
(transitive) to excite or stimulate, esp emotionally
to move (oneself) briskly or vigorously; exert (oneself)
(transitive) to rouse or awaken: to stir someone from sleep, to stir memories
(informal) when tr, foll by up. to cause or incite others to cause (trouble, arguments, etc)
(informal) stir one’s stumps, to move or become active
the act or an instance of stirring or the state of being stirred
a strong reaction, esp of excitement: his publication caused a stir
a slight movement
(NZ, informal) a noisy party
a slang word for prison in stir
noun 1. a person or thing that stirs. 2. an implement or device for stirring something. noun 1. a person or thing that stirs 2. (informal) a person who deliberately causes trouble 3. (Austral & NZ, informal) a political activist or agitator
adjective 1. rousing, exciting, or thrilling: a stirring speech. 2. moving, active, bustling, or lively: a stirring business. noun, Usually, stirrings 3. a mental impulse, sensation, or feeling: stirrings of hope. 4. a small movement: the best thing she could do was to pretend that her husband’s nocturnal stirrings didn’t wake her. verb (used with […]
noun 1. a loop, ring, or other contrivance of metal, wood, leather, etc., suspended from the saddle of a horse to support the rider’s foot. 2. any of various similar supports or clamps used for special purposes. 3. Nautical. a short rope with an eye at the end hung from a yard to support a […]
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noun 1. the nontechnical name for stapes