stir

Definitions

  • He wuzn't goin' to stir
    He wuzn't goin' to stir
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v stir mix or add by stirring "Stir nuts into the dough"
    • v stir summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic "raise the specter of unemployment","he conjured wild birds in the air","call down the spirits from the mountain"
    • v stir stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of "These stories shook the community","the civil war shook the country"
    • v stir affect emotionally "A stirring movie","I was touched by your kind letter of sympathy"
    • v stir move very slightly "He shifted in his seat"
    • v stir to begin moving, "As the thunder started the sleeping children began to stir"
    • v stir move an implement through "stir the soup","stir my drink","stir the soil"
    • v stir stir feelings in "stimulate my appetite","excite the audience","stir emotions"
    • n stir a rapid active commotion
    • n stir emotional agitation and excitement
    • n stir a prominent or sensational but short-lived news event "he made a great splash and then disappeared"
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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
    • Stir Agitation of thoughts; conflicting passions.
    • Stir Public disturbance or commotion; tumultuous disorder; seditious uproar. "Being advertised of some stirs raised by his unnatural sons in England."
    • Stir The act or result of stirring; agitation; tumult; bustle; noise or various movements. "Why all these words, this clamor, and this stir ?""Consider, after so much stir about genus and species, how few words we have yet settled definitions of."
    • Stir To be in motion; to be active or bustling; to exert or busy one's self. "All are not fit with them to stir and toil.""The friends of the unfortunate exile, far from resenting his unjust suspicions, were stirring anxiously in his behalf."
    • Stir To become the object of notice; to be on foot. "They fancy they have a right to talk freely upon everything that stirs or appears."
    • Stir To bring into debate; to agitate; to moot. "Stir not questions of jurisdiction."
    • Stir To change the place of in any manner; to move. "My foot I had never yet in five days been able to stir ."
    • Stir To disturb the relative position of the particles of, as of a liquid, by passing something through it; to agitate; as, to stir a pudding with a spoon. "My mind is troubled, like a fountain stirred ."
    • Stir To incite to action; to arouse; to instigate; to prompt; to excite. "To stir men to devotion.""An Ate, stirring him to blood and strife.""And for her sake some mutiny will stir ."
    • Stir To move; to change one's position. "I had not power to stir or strive,
      But felt that I was still alive."
    • Stir To rise, or be up, in the morning.
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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."
    • stir To move; change the position or situation of: as, to stir hand or foot.
    • stir To set in motion; agitate; disturb.
    • stir To move briskly; bestir.
    • stir To cause the particles or parts of to change place in relation to each other by agitating with the hand or an implement: as, to stir the fire with a poker; to stir one's coffee with a spoon.
    • stir To brandish; flourish.
    • stir To bring into notice or discussion; agitate; debate; moot.
    • stir To rouse, as from sleep or inaction; awaken.
    • stir To move; excite; rouse.
    • stir To incite; instigate; set on.
    • stir To excite; provoke; foment; bring about: as, to stir up a mutiny; to stir up contention.
    • stir To rouse to action; stimulate; quicken: as, to stir up the mind.
    • stir To pass from rest or inaction to motion or action; move; budge: as, they dare not stir; to stir abroad.
    • stir To be in motion; be in a state of activity; be on the move or go; be active: as, to be continually stirring.
    • stir To be in circulation; be current; be on foot.
    • stir To use an instrument or the hand for making a disturbing or agitating motion, as in a liquid.
    • stir To be roused; be excited; disturb or agitate one's self.
    • n stir Movement; action.
    • n stir A state of motion, activity, briskness, bustle, or the like; the confusion and tumult of many persons in action.
    • n stir Commotion; excitement; tumult: as, his appearance on the scene created quite a stir.
    • n stir Motion; impulse; emotion; feeling.
    • n stir A poke; a jog.
    • n stir A house of correction; a lockup; a prison.
    • n stir Sir.
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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
    • v.t Stir stėr to move: to rouse: to instigate
    • v.i Stir to move one's self: to be active: to draw notice:—pr.p. stir′ring; pa.p. and pa.t. stirred
    • n Stir tumult: bustle
    • adj Stir busy, active
    • v.t Stir stėr (Spens.) to steer, to direct.
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Quotations

  • Albert Einstein
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    “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
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    “While man's desires and aspirations stir he cannot choose but err.”
  • John Stuart Mill
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    “The most important thing women have to do is to stir up the zeal of women themselves.”
  • Francis Bacon
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    “Our humanity is a poor thing, except for the divinity that stirs within us.”
  • F. Paul Facult
    F. Paul Facult
    “Life is at its best when it's shaken and stirred.”

Idioms

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

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. stiren, steren, sturen, AS. styrian,; probably akin to D. storen, to disturb, G. stören, OHG. stōren, to scatter, destroy. √166

Usage

In literature:

I was against it for a long time, took orders; but I wanted something more stirring than a country parish.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
But it was not the sight of the fire or the tepees that stirred Henry.
"The Keepers of the Trail" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Still he was going to see Terry; merely to see her was a compensation which stirred his blood.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
They may have seen him or heard him, but they did not stir.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Mix the flour, salt and baking powder together, then stir in the milk, beat well.
"The Golden Age Cook Book" by Henrietta Latham Dwight
Let this simmer an hour until very thick, then add a gill of very rich cream, stir, and the sauce is ready.
"Choice Cookery" by Catherine Owen
Mix with the following sauce: 1 tablespoon butter and 1 teaspoon arrow root stirred into 1 cupful broth.
"The Suffrage Cook Book"
Stir till the mixture is cool.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
Stir in milk and cook, stirring constantly until it thickens.
"Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking" by Unknown
Courtlandt did not stir from the curb.
"The Place of Honeymoons" by Harold MacGrath
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In poetry:

He has not come; he will.
But when he chants, his song
Will stir the world to its depths and thrill
The earth with its tale of wrong.
"Sentinel Songs" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Now, not a breath of air,
Nor sunbeam, nor the voice of beast or bird,
Stirring the lonely woods, hath any word
To comfort her despair.
"The Death of Autumn" by Kate Seymour Maclean
How echoes yet each Western hill
And vale with Channing's dying word!
How are the hearts of freemen still
By that great warning stirred.
"Channing" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The hope of endless better things,
The kiss of children wakes,
And stirs our hearts, till conscience sings
And hearts with gladness break.
"Children's Kisses. I John, 3:7" by Frank Barbour Coffin
You may not know her from the stone
So still she sits who does not stir,
Thinking of this one thing alone—
The love that never came to her.
"The Solitary" by Madison Julius Cawein
A name men remember, and wonder
A moment what ghost of war's thunder
It stirs in the brain?
A vision, a glory that passes —
As the light wind that stirs the long grasses
O'er graves of the slain?
"The Red Rose" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Former Arizona Commerce Authority chief Cardon 's bonus stirs questions.
Add the cashews and stir until glaze appears.
Cook over medium high heat until thickened, stirring constantly.
Stir in cashews and raisins.
Stir and let marinate for 1/2 hour or so.
Cook, stirring, until heated through, about 1 minute.
In small bowl, stir yeast and the 1 tablespoon sugar into the 1/4 cup warm water.
State Police create stir by mistakenly reissuing news release on body found in Charles.
Some of you agree with us, some of you disagree with us, and almost all of you like to stir things up.
Beef Stir-Fry with Fresh and Pickled Ginger.
It doesn't usually stir up as much debate as each year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announcements.
Using medium heat, gradually add stock, chickpeas and spinach, stirring often.
Stir in the chickpeas .
Take Sarah Michelle Gellar, add supernatural weirdness, suspense and bad guys, and stir well.
Dead Sea Scrolls stir storm at ROM.
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In science:

In our simplified model, any turbulent source in the early Universe is determined completely by the physical quantities ρvac , κ, τstir , LS , T∗ , w, and ν .
Gravitational Radiation From Cosmological Turbulence
Two different cases must be considered separately, depending on whether the duration of the turbulent source τstir is long or short compared to the eddy turnover time scale τS on the characteristic length scale of the source LS .
Gravitational Radiation From Cosmological Turbulence
First consider the simpler case where τstir ≫ τS .
Gravitational Radiation From Cosmological Turbulence
Fully developed turbulence is established in a time on the order of τS , so this case gives approximately a stationary source lasting for a time τ = τstir .
Gravitational Radiation From Cosmological Turbulence
The alternate case, for τstir ≪ τS , is more subtle.
Gravitational Radiation From Cosmological Turbulence
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