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stirmore about stir


  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Stir  \Stir\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Stirred};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Stirring}.]  [OE.  stiren,  steren,  sturen  AS  styrian; 
  probably  akin  to  D.  storen  to  disturb,  G.  st["o]ren,  OHG. 
  st[=o]ren  to  scatter,  destroy.  [root]166.] 
  1.  To  change  the  place  of  in  any  manner;  to  move 
  My  foot  I  had  never  yet  in  five  days  been  able  to 
  stir.  --Sir  W. 
  2.  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. 
  3.  To  bring  into  debate;  to  agitate;  to  moot. 
  Stir  not  questions  of  jurisdiction.  --Bacon. 
  4.  To  incite  to  action  to  arouse;  to  instigate;  to  prompt; 
  to  excite.  ``To  stir  men  to  devotion.''  --Chaucer. 
  An  Ate,  stirring  him  to  blood  and  strife.  --Shak. 
  And  for  her  sake  some  mutiny  will  stir.  --Dryden. 
  Note:  In  all  senses  except  the  first  stir  is  often  followed 
  by  up  with  an  intensive  effect;  as  to  stir  up  fire;  to 
  stir  up  sedition. 
  Syn:  To  move  incite;  awaken;  rouse;  animate;  stimulate; 
  excite;  provoke. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Stir  \Stir\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  move  to  change  one's  position. 
  I  had  not  power  to  stir  or  strive,  But  felt  that  I 
  was  still  alive.  --Byron. 
  2.  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.  --Byron. 
  The  friends  of  the  unfortunate  exile,  far  from 
  resenting  his  unjust  suspicions,  were  stirring 
  anxiously  in  his  behalf.  --Merivale. 
  3.  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.  --I.  Watts. 
  4.  To  rise,  or  be  up  in  the  morning.  [Colloq.]  --Shak. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Stir  \Stir\,  n. 
  1.  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  --Locke. 
  2.  Public  disturbance  or  commotion;  tumultuous  disorder; 
  seditious  uproar. 
  Being  advertised  of  some  stirs  raised  by  his 
  unnatural  sons  in  England.  --Sir  J. 
  3.  Agitation  of  thoughts;  conflicting  passions. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  a  disorderly  outburst  or  tumult;  "they  were  amazed  by  the 
  furious  disturbance  they  had  caused"  [syn:  {disturbance}, 
  {disruption},  {commotion},  {turmoil},  {hurly  burly},  {to-do}] 
  2:  emotional  agitation  and  excitement 
  3:  a  rapid  bustling  commotion  [syn:  {bustle},  {hustle},  {flurry}, 
  {ado},  {fuss}] 
  v  1:  move  with  a  stirring  motion;  "stir  the  soup" 
  2:  move  very  slightly;  "He  shifted  in  his  seat"  [syn:  {shift}, 
  {budge},  {agitate}] 
  3:  stir  feelings  in  "stimulate  my  appetite";  "excite  the 
  audience"  [syn:  {stimulate},  {excite}] 
  4:  as  of  senses  or  emotions;  "These  stories  shook  the 
  community"  [syn:  {stimulate},  {shake},  {shake  up},  {excite}] 
  5:  agitate;  "toss  the  salad";  "stir  nuts  into  the  dough"  [syn: 
  6:  affect  emotionally;  "A  stirring  movie";  "I  was  touched  by 
  your  kind  letter  of  sympathy"  [syn:  {touch}] 
  7:  evoke  or  call  forth:  "raise  the  specter  of  unemployment"; 
  "he  conjured  wild  birds  in  the  air";  "stir  a  disturbance" 
  [syn:  {raise},  {conjure},  {conjure  up},  {invoke},  {call 
  down},  {arouse},  {bring  up},  {put  forward},  {call  forth}] 
  8:  to  begin  moving  "As  the  thunder  started  the  sleeping 
  children  began  to  stir"  [syn:  {arouse}] 

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