stir·​ring | \ ˈstər-iŋ How to pronounce stirring (audio) \

Definition of stirring

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : rousing, inspiring a stirring speech



Definition of stirring (Entry 2 of 2)

: a beginning of motion or activity : movement often used in plural the first stirrings of revolution

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Examples of stirring in a Sentence

Adjective a stirring rendition of the national anthem the message of brotherhood in Martin Luther King's stirring “I Have a Dream” speech still resonates today Noun I thought I detected a slight stirring of the leaves, and yet there wasn't a breath of wind.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Add the tomatoes and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes., 15 June 2021 Stir in the tomato paste and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. Arkansas Online, 26 May 2021 Add chili powder and cook, stirring, until starting to darken, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, 24 May 2021 Add the onions and carrot and cook, stirring, until the onions soften and start to turn translucent, 6 to 7 minutes. Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2021 Add the bacon to the pan and cook, stirring, until the fat has rendered and the bacon is becoming crisp, 3 to 5 minutes. Jessica Battilana, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Apr. 2021 Add the wine and cook, stirring, until evaporated, about 3 minutes. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 1 Apr. 2021 Meet the 2021 Dodgers, a team that is going to write the kind of stirring sequel rarely seen in Hollywood, an emphatic baseball encore that will lock down Murderer’s Row, smother the Gashouse Gang, and turn the Big Red Machine blue. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2021 Make the blueberry toppings: While the pudding is chilling, in a small pot over high heat, combine 1/4 cup (50 grams) of sugar with the water and heat, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved. Washington Post, 4 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Radtke explored the disintegration of her family in a stirring, formally inventive graphic memoir. Miguel Salazar, Vulture, 25 May 2021 With spring stirring and widespread vaccination in sight, people are starting to emerge blinking into the light and wondering what’s next. Daniel Mendelsohn, Town & Country, 1 May 2021 Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes, or just until the shrimp is hot. Sally Pasley Vargas,, 9 Mar. 2021 Lower the heat and simmer, stirring, for 2 minutes. Jill Gibson,, 23 Feb. 2021 The Gravity Industries jetpack is interesting, but DARPA’s latest pot-stirring could end up funding something totally new. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 9 Mar. 2021 Excessive stirring of something thicker like a custard can break it down. Washington Post, 22 Feb. 2021 Making risotto is no big deal, takes no more than 30 minutes, and does not require constant stirring. Alexa Weibel, New York Times, 18 Feb. 2021 Cook, stirring, about 2 minutes, until cheese has melted and sauce is warmed through. Star Tribune, 15 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of stirring


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined above

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18 Jun 2021

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“Stirring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stirring

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: causing strong feelings



English Language Learners Definition of stirring (Entry 2 of 2)

: the beginning of a motion, activity, feeling, idea, etc.


stir·​ring | \ ˈstər-iŋ \

Kids Definition of stirring

: moving sense 2 a stirring speech

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