Definitions for: Stir


[n] a rapid bustling commotion
[n] emotional agitation and excitement
[n] a disorderly outburst or tumult; "they were amazed by the furious disturbance they had caused"
[v] stir the feelings or emotions of; "These stories shook the community"
[v] mix or add by stirring; "Stir nuts into the dough"
[v] evoke or call forth, with or as if by magic; "raise the specter of unemployment"; "he conjured wild birds in the air"; "stir a disturbance"; "call down the spirits from the mountain"
[v] affect emotionally; "A stirring movie"; "I was touched by your kind letter of sympathy"
[v] move very slightly; "He shifted in his seat"
[v] to begin moving, "As the thunder started the sleeping children began to stir"
[v] move an implement through with a circular motion; "stir the soup"; "stir my drink"
[v] stir feelings in; "stimulate my appetite"; "excite the audience"; "stir emotions"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.
Temple.

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.
--Shak.

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.


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.


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?
--Denham.

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.
Davies.

3. Agitation of thoughts; conflicting passions.

Synonyms: ado, agitate, arouse, arouse, bring up, budge, bustle, call down, call forth, commotion, conjure, conjure up, disruption, disturbance, evoke, excite, excite, flurry, flutter, fuss, hoo-ha, hoo-hah, hurly burly, hustle, invoke, kerfuffle, put forward, raise, shake, shake up, shift, stimulate, stimulate, to-do, touch, turmoil

See Also: affect, affright, agitate, agitation, animate, arouse, blow, churn, commotion, create, din, disgust, disorder, displace, elate, electricity, elicit, enkindle, enliven, evoke, exalt, fellate, fire, fire up, foment, fright, frighten, fuck off, fuel, garboil, get, go down on, heat, horripilate, ignite, impress, incident, inflame, inspire, intoxicate, invigorate, invite, jack off, jerk off, kindle, lift up, make, masturbate, move, move, paddle, pick up, provoke, quicken, raise, repel, revolt, ruckus, ruction, rumpus, scare, sensation, sensitise, sensitize, sex, she-bop, stir up, storm, storm center, storm centre, strike, tempest, tempt, thrill, thrill, tickle, titillate, tumult, tumult, tumultuousness, turn on, uplift, uproar, vibrate, wake, wank, whet, wind up, work, work

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