• WordNet 3.6
    • v birr make a soft swishing sound "the motor whirred","the car engine purred"
    • n birr sound of something in rapid motion "whir of a bird's wings","the whir of the propellers"
    • n birr the basic unit of money in Ethiopia; equal to 100 cents
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Birr A rush or impetus; force.
    • Birr A whirring sound, as of a spinning wheel.
    • v. i Birr To make, or move with, a whirring noise, as of wheels in motion.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n birr A strong wind.
    • n birr The force of the wind; impetus; momentum.
    • n birr A thrust or push.
    • n birr Force; vigor; energy.
    • birr To make a whirring noise; make a noise like that of revolving wheels, or of millstones at work.
    • n birr A whirring noise.
    • n birr Strong trilling pronunciation. See bur.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Birr bir impetus: a violent push: stress in pronunciation: any sharp whirring sound.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. OE. bur, bir, wind, storm wind, fr. Icel. byrr, wind. Perh. imitative
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scot.; Ice. byrr, a favouring wind.


In literature:

Very faint at first were the birr of wheels and the tat-tat-tat of the horses' feet.
"The Exploits Of Brigadier Gerard" by Arthur Conan Doyle
His great reflector, built in his own grounds at Birr Castle, Ireland, was finished in 1844.
"Notable Events of the Nineteenth Century" by Various
Brenainn of Birra (Birr, King's Co.), 29 November 571.
"The Latin & Irish Lives of Ciaran" by Anonymous
The course is situated 2-1/2 miles from Birr.
"The Sunny Side of Ireland" by John O'Mahony and R. Lloyd Praeger
The tube is suspended between two massive castellated walls, which form an imposing feature on the lawn at Birr Castle.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
When the British Tommies heard the "birr" of the five-inch Canadian shells they all asked whose they were.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
The guard sets us off with a little "birr-r-r" like a toy cock crowing.
"Round the Wonderful World" by G. E. Mitton
Three oratories of Ireland: the oratory of Birr, the oratory of Clonenagh, the oratory of Leighlin.
"The Triads of Ireland" by Kuno Meyer
An abbey was founded at Birr by St Brendan (d. 573), to whom the present parish church is dedicated.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 7" by Various
There is a moment's pause, when birr-r-r-r it goes again, and as you spring from your couch you hear it the third time.
"Medical Life in the Navy" by Gordon Stables
The birr ceased as the door opened.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland Volume 21" by Alexander Leighton
Mac-Regol, Abbot of Birr, 104.
"Annals of the Bodleian Library, Oxford, A.D. 1598-A.D. 1867" by William Dunn Macray
It returns two members to parliament, for the Birr and Tullamore divisions respectively.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 7" by Various
St. Brendan of Birr, is to be carefully distinguished from his more celebrated namesake of Clonfert.
"Insula Sanctorum et Doctorum" by John Healy

In poetry:

I send my prayer upon
The winds that chase the sun,
O Four who are most comely and renowned!
Conal the Wanderer,
And Brendan grave, of Birr,
Fursey, and Berchain of this holy ground.
"To The Comely Four Of Aran" by Anna Johnston MacManus
I heard the fresh wild breezes birr,
New budded boughs among,
I saw the deeper tinting stir
In the green tassels of the fir,
I heard the pheasant rise and whirr,
Above her callow young.
""The Earth Waxeth Old."" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
In the lang winter nichts, whan a bairn, I wad sit
Wi' my taes in the ase at grannie's wheel-fit,
An' the croon o' her sang, an' the birr o' her wheel,
I ne'er heard the music I likit sae weel.
"Grannie's Tale: A Ballad o'Memorie" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

The marketing division at Sennheiser Electronic Corporation is happy to welcome former teammate Dawn Birr back into the fold as product manager for Professional Products and HHB International.
Birr returns after a brief, six-month stint away from Sennheiser.
Elizabeth Zinser Birr , 89, of Bellevue, died Sunday, Oct 7, 2012, at The Willows at Bellevue.
Birr returns after a brief, six-month stint away from Sennheiser.

In science:

Furthermore, Birr (77 K ) was only slightly enhanced at this fluence.
Stress dependence of the critical currents in neutron irradiated (RE)BCO coated conductors