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definition of the word stir

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From Old English styrian

to stir

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

Present participle

to stir (third-person singular simple present stirs, present participle stirring, simple past and past participle stirred)

  1. (transitive) 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. Temple
  2. (transitive) To disturb the relative position of the particles of, as of a liquid, by passing something through it; to agitate
    She stired a pudding with a spoon.
    My mind is troubled, like a fountain stirred. —Shak
  3. (transitive) To bring into debate; to agitate; to moot.
    Stir not questions of jurisdiction. —Bacon
  4. (transitive) 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.
  5. (intransitive) To move; to change one’s position.
    I had not power to stir or strive, But felt that I was still alive. —Byron.
  6. (intransitive) 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.
  7. (intransitive) 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.
  8. (intransitive, poetic) To rise, or be up, in the morning. —Shak.

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