stirring

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

Definition of stirring

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : rousing, inspiring a stirring speech

stirring

noun

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

Lastly, who would expect conservative lawyer/pundit George Conway, the husband of the venal Trump apologist Kellyanne, to issue the most stirring call to arms of the week? Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: “This Is the End of My Presidency!”," 21 Apr. 2019 In one of the most stirring success stories of modern medicine, many childhood cancers are now treatable, including types that once would have been fatal. Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times, "For Survivors of Childhood Cancer, Walk," 20 June 2018 In Tennyson’s hands the light brigade’s disastrous frontal assault on Russian troops in the Crimean War produced some stirring verse. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "Dick Durbin’s Supreme Sacrifice," 9 July 2018 But the film’s most stirring moments are about the personal, not the professional. Carolyne Zinko, Houston Chronicle, "Review: Stylish Andre Leon Talley documentary needs more substance," 20 June 2018 Flag Day commemorates the selection of our official flag of the United States, the familiar, rousing and stirring Stars and Stripes! Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "Here’s to the U.S. flag!," 13 June 2018 Without a sudden and stirring turnaround, the Mets need the same kind of bold thinking again, the kind that has set up the Yankees so well for the present and the future. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "What the Mets Need Now: Some Yankees-Style Boldness," 8 June 2018 The evening ended with a deeply stirring performance of the Mahler that won a long, cheering, standing ovation. Elaine Schmidt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Asher Fisch leads Milwaukee Symphony in melodic program of Mahler, Britten and Foss," 22 Apr. 2018 One of the most stirring moments in this year’s billion-dollar blockbuster Black Panther, whose director, Ryan Coogler, and lead actor, Chadwick Boseman, are both on this year’s TIME 100, comes early in the film. Edward Felsenthal, Time, "How We Chose the 2018 TIME 100 List of the World's Most Influential People," 19 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Heat, stirring occasionally until the chocolate and butter are completely melted and smooth. Marie Claire, "You Can Put CBD in That: Chocolatey Peanut Butter Brownies," 19 Apr. 2019 Add pumpkin, carrots, onion, garlic, sage, and ½ tsp each salt and pepper and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until tender, 12 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Pumpkin-Carrot Soup," 7 Jan. 2019 Add celery and onion, and cook until tender, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Traditional Bread Stuffing With Herbs," 7 Nov. 2018 Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the liquid reduces by half. Sally Pasley Vargas, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: For a taste of spring, sear scallops, then add a lemony sauce with asparagus and peas," 9 Apr. 2018 Add the onion, season with 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper, and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Quick Turkey Chili," 26 Aug. 2014 But 22 July, which appears on the streaming service and in select theaters today, is a stirring, profoundly moving film and further sign that Netflix is finally taking its original content seriously. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Paul Greengrass’s New Netflix Film, 22 July, Is Excruciating and Essential," 10 Oct. 2018 Fox's film, starring Laura Dern, Jason Ritter and Elizabeth Debicki, is a stirring, disturbing look at trauma and memory. Mark Olsen, latimes.com, "Indie Focus: Inventing the self in 'Mary Shelley,' 'The Gospel According To André' and 'Sollers Point'," 27 May 2018 Essentially, this feeling or problem is a strange stirring, a dissatisfied groping, a yearning, a search that is going on in the minds of women. Good Housekeeping, ""Women Are People, Too!": The Groundbreaking Article by Betty Friedan," 9 Aug. 2010

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First Known Use of stirring

Adjective

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

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stirring was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for stirring

stirring

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of stirring

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: causing strong feelings

stirring

noun

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

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

stirring

adjective
stir·​ring | \ ˈstər-iŋ\

Kids Definition of stirring

: moving sense 2 a stirring speech

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