stirring

adjective
stir·​ring | \ˈstər-iŋ \

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

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 The most stirring moment of Force Awakens for many U.S. fans, for example, was the Luke Skywalker reveal at the very end. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why Disney's 'Last Jedi' Mind Trick Isn't Working in China," 16 Jan. 2018 This combination of songs putting a spotlight on Blackness and chronicled Black struggles, one of the most stirring sections of a performance with numerous standout moments. Treva Lindsey, Teen Vogue, "Beyoncé's Coachella 2018 Performance Showed Just How Important HBCUs Are," 16 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Rhimes gave a stirring keynote speech and other notable guests, like musician SZA and activist Jazz Jennings, were in attendance. Rosemary Donahue, Allure, "Why Shonda Rhimes Doesn't Believe in Imposter Syndrome," 16 Oct. 2018 Constant stirring is a good time to practice deep breathing while also bulking up your arm muscles. Emma Wartzman, Bon Appetit, "The Shrimpiest Shrimp Risotto That Ever Shrimped," 13 Mar. 2018 Cook, covered, stirring occasionally until the cabbage is just tender, 6 to 8 minutes. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Pork Chops with Balsamic-Braised Cabbage and Apples," 3 Jan. 2018 Add hoisin and stir, then add red wine, stirring occasionally until liquid is reduced by three quarters, about 2 minutes. Ming Tsai, Country Living, "Cranberry Hoisin Chicken Rice," 28 Sep. 2010 USA TODAY Newsrooms in recent years have become accustomed to the drill with mass shootings — the breaking news alerts, the compelling images of those fleeing in panic, victims' gripping stories, the stirring memorials, a raging debate over guns. Susan Miller, USA TODAY, "Capital Gazette shooting: Those who cover the news become the latest victim," 28 June 2018 Camp paints an accurate enough external portrait, but there's not much stirring inside the character. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "In 'Belleville,' two Americans in Paris head into Hitchcock territory," 24 Apr. 2018 There are some progressive stirrings in the state, particularly those surrounding the teachers’ uprising that forced some serious concessions from Republican lawmakers. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "New York House Races Headline June 26 State Primaries," 26 June 2018 Add onions, season with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and black pepper and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, 8 minutes. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Philly Cheesesteak," 19 Mar. 2018

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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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