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stirring

adjective
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of stirring

2 : rousing, inspiring
  • a stirring speech

Examples of stirring in a Sentence

  1. a stirring rendition of the national anthem

  2. the message of brotherhood in Martin Luther King's stirring “I Have a Dream” speech still resonates today

Recent Examples of stirring from the Web

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First Known Use of stirring

before 12th century


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stirring

noun

Definition of stirring

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

Examples of stirring in a Sentence

  1. I thought I detected a slight stirring of the leaves, and yet there wasn't a breath of wind.

Recent Examples of stirring from the Web

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First Known Use of stirring

14th century


STIRRING Defined for English Language Learners

stirring

adjective

Definition of stirring for English Language Learners

  • : causing strong feelings


stirring

noun

Definition of stirring for English Language Learners

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


STIRRING Defined for Kids

stirring

adjective stir·ring \ ˈstər-iŋ \

Definition of stirring for Students

: moving 2
  • a stirring speech


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