• He wuzn't goin' to stir
    He wuzn't goin' to stir
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj stirring exciting strong but not unpleasant emotions "a stirring speech"
    • adj stirring capable of arousing enthusiasm or excitement "a rousing sermon","stirring events such as wars and rescues"
    • n stirring agitating a liquid with an implement "constant stirring prevents it from burning on the bottom of the pan"
    • n stirring arousing to a particular emotion or action
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Additional illustrations & photos:

When she arrived there was a great stir in the Palace When she arrived there was a great stir in the Palace

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Popsicle was invented by 11 year-old Frank Epperson in 1905. He left his drink outside with a stir stick in it and he noticed that it had frozen. He applied for a patent in 1923 and named it "Epsicle." The name was later changed to Popsicle
    • a Stirring Putting in motion, or being in motion; active; active in business; habitually employed in some kind of business; accustomed to a busy life. "A more stirring and intellectual age than any which had gone before it."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Aztecs of Mexico roasted and ground up the cacao bean, mixed it with water, added peppers and other spices, stirred it up to a froth and drank the pungent mixture they called "chocolatl."
    • n stirring Movement; motion; activity; effort; the act of moving or setting in motion.
    • n stirring Temptation.
    • n stirring In agriculture, the second tilth or fallow.
    • n stirring Riot; commotion.
    • stirring Being in active motion; characterized by stir or activity; active; bustling; lively; vivacious; brisk: as, a stirring life; stirring times.
    • stirring Animating; rousing; awakening; stimulating; exciting; inspiriting: as, a stirring oration; a stirring march.
    • stirring Fickle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Toothbrushes should be kept 6 feet away from the toilet to avoid being contaminated by airborne stuff stirred up after flushing
    • p.adj Stirring putting in motion: active: accustomed to a busy life: animating, rousing
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  • Albert Einstein
    “All such action would cease if those powerful elemental forces were to cease stirring within us.”
  • Anne Ridler
    Anne Ridler
    “And when our baby stirs and struggles to be born it compels humility: what we began is now its own.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “While man's desires and aspirations stir he cannot choose but err.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “All evil is like a nightmare; the instant you stir under it, the evil is gone.”
  • John Stuart Mill
    “The most important thing women have to do is to stir up the zeal of women themselves.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “Our humanity is a poor thing, except for the divinity that stirs within us.”


Stir the blood - If something stirs your blood, it arouses feelings or passions,.
Stir the pot - To stir the pot is to agitate a situation to cause a reaction or trouble.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. styrian; Dut. storen, Ger. stören, to drive.


In literature:

Under that hidden gaze there was a moment during which he was oddly stirred, vaguely agitated.
"Daughter of the Sun" by Jackson Gregory
He was stirred, and the secret of his feelings lay in the signature at the end of the letter.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
Stir the cream into the beaten yolks, and then stir both into the lobster mixture.
"Salads, Sandwiches and Chafing-Dish Dainties" by Janet McKenzie Hill
The idea of accepting his money stirred her to a perfect frenzy.
"North of Fifty-Three" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
Boil a pint of milk, and when boiled stir in four eggs well whipped.
"Vaughan's Vegetable Cook Book (4th edition)" by Anonymous
The old Squire and I sprang aside in great haste; but so far as we could see, the bear never stirred after it struck the floor.
"A Busy Year at the Old Squire's" by Charles Asbury Stephens
Made some stir in town when he got shot!
"The Secret of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
Was it watching these lovers that had stirred his blood?
"A Little Girl in Old Detroit" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Nitrazol C, stir into a paste with water and then add this paste to the coupling bath, together with 2 lb.
"The Dyeing of Cotton Fabrics" by Franklin Beech
Take from the stove and stir till off the boil, then stir into the custard.
"My Pet Recipes, Tried and True" by Various

In poetry:

He has not stirred a foot
Across the threshold. That's his only fault—
He's always in the way.
"Within and Without: Part II: A Dramatic Poem" by George MacDonald
Born of some mighty throe
From earth’s sbysmal deep,
When, aeons, long ago,
The Dragon stirred in sleep.
"Alcatraz" by Ina Donna Coolbrith
And I, crouched thro' that awful night
Without a stir,
Saw shining in the dark, the sweet
Sad face of her.
"Haunted" by Anna Johnston MacManus
I sat and sat, I did not stir;
They talked and talked away.
I was as mute as any stone,
I had no word to say.
"To a Dead Poet" by Amy Levy
Or in this garden when the breeze
Touches my trees
To stir their dreaming shadows on the grass
I see you pass.
"Absence" by Charlotte Mary Mew
Across the glades the larches fling
Their shadows, stirred
Faintly, but no bird lifts a wing,
And sings no bird.
"A Summer Day" by Mary Webb

In news:

Cut butter into chunks- melt in saucepan while stirring in 1/4 amount of water whisk this to keep it moving.
Indoor ideas for stir-crazy kids.
Dolce & Gabbana Earrings Stirs Racial Controversy.
Chilmark meeting stirs bouillabaisse of Menemsha fishing issues.
Islanders visit stirs boyhood memories for Stars' Nystrom.
Video of Obama's Brash Talk on Race Stirs Conservatives.
Brightly colored guns stir Chattanooga councilman's ire.
Wholesome commercial stirs breastfeeding brouhaha .
Ounces chicken breast strips for stir-frying.
Puerto Rican Mayor Causes A Stir With Wild Christmas Card.
Despite the positive stirrings the past few days in the stock market, the economy is looking as bad as ever, so Cond Nast CEO Charles Townsend said that despite the magazine closings and layoffs since last fall, more cuts were coming.
Cross-dressing Stagecoach Driver Creates Stir in 1879 Thursday, October 11, 2012 By Kernan Turner.
Weekender plays baseball, takes a trip to the moon and stirs a little jazz into some poetry.
Stir for three hours, and you get beautiful planters at the Evergreen Lake House and some strong friendships.
In this Congress, even eggs can cause a political stir.

In science:

In experiments with rotating atomic gases, particles are usually trapped by a harmonic potential and stirred by timevarying magnetic field or auxiliary laser beams .
From Rotating Atomic Rings to Quantum Hall States
Then there exists T0 ∈ (0, ∞) such that if T ≥ T0 then the random stirring model with parameter T contains infinite cycles almost surely.
Infinite cycles in the random stirring model on trees
The random stirring model (which is also called the random interchange model) was introduced in .
Infinite cycles in the random stirring model on trees
This transition is accompanied by the appearance of large-scale cycles in the associated random stirring model, as we now review.
Infinite cycles in the random stirring model on trees
Note that the random stirring model with parameter T is the law of the random map V (G) → V (G) : v → Yv (T ).
Infinite cycles in the random stirring model on trees