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 pluralthe 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 Becoming a habit: Out of a race car for nine years after a traffic accident, Patrick Kelly co-drove to a stirring Le Mans Prototype 2 victory at Road America last year. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here's what you need to know about the IMSA SportsCar Weekend at Road America," 29 July 2020 Add the cumin, epazote or oregano and chili and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. cleveland, "Tomato-corn chowder takes advantage of fresh summer bounty (recipe)," 3 July 2020 The gravy is the stirring sea battles where torpedoes whizz by, machine guns roar and Hanks' ship captain tries to keep it together surrounded by danger and insecurity. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "What to stream this weekend: Tom Hanks captains 'Greyhound,' Charlize Theron leads 'The Old Guard'," 10 July 2020 When the butter bubbles and froths, add the kale and cook, stirring, for about two minutes. Naveen Kumar, CNN Underscored, "Slow cooker recipes that will feed your family for days," 9 July 2020 Whitesnake’s signature hit is a stirring survivor anthem. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "20 of rock & roll’s most iconic cars," 8 July 2020 Stir in the olives, capers and the remaining garlic and cook, stirring, until all the vegetables are tender, about 3 minutes. Joe Yonan, Washington Post, "This saucy, smothered tofu with peppers and onions will have you dreaming of the Mexican coast," 5 July 2020 Decrease the heat to medium or medium-low heat and cook, stirring as needed, until the onions are golden brown and have reduced to a sticky, sweet mass. Jessica Battilana, SFChronicle.com, "Green Chile Patty Melt as the salve for a stressful move," 2 July 2020 Some families drive an hour or more to see the stirring display. Fox News, "Massachusetts family honors coronavirus victims with 8,013 flags in front yard," 28 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And while Kalugin's KGB comrades had to recruit Americans to draw swastikas on synagogues, the internet allows for a more sustained and pervasive form of pot-stirring. Richa Naik And Nick Scott, CNN, "Dirty tricks and the 2020 election: lessons from the KGB," 30 July 2020 But to take that progress seriously is to recognize that much of what has recently been dubbed progressive illiberalism these past few weeks and years has been the stirring of a diverse nation at what is inarguably liberalism’s zenith. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The Willful Blindness of Reactionary Liberalism," 6 July 2020 Calm, though, fell on those gathered as a stirring song broke out while McAtee's body was being carried away following an on-scene investigation into the shooting that stretched to at least 12 hours. Dominique Yates, The Courier-Journal, "'Amazing Grace' falls upon David McAtee gathering where he was killed by law enforcement," 1 June 2020 Lizandro's first televised game was also a stirring experience for his father, José Claros. Kervy Robles And Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "From deportee to rising soccer star: Salvadoran immigrant deported by U.S. triumphs away from home," 10 Apr. 2020 Kelly Wilkinson won second for her stirring images of a toddler who lost his limbs to sepsis. Crystal Hill, The Indianapolis Star, "IndyStar wins top SPJ honors for 'Ashley Peterson' series, investigative work," 19 May 2020 Patrick Mahomes' magic propels Chiefs to thrilling Super Bowl win: Mahomes throws two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to lead the Chiefs to a stirring comeback victory, writes Nancy Armour. USA TODAY, "Super Bowl: The Chiefs are loaded, ready to be the NFL's next dynasty," 3 Feb. 2020 Defense attorney William Foreman argued Nosie’s case, which Bouma said included a stirring closing argument. Debra Utacia Krol, azcentral, "Apache activist Wendsler Nosie followed a lifelong path to Resolution copper mine protest," 15 Jan. 2020 Add onion and 1/4 teaspoon salt and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until tender, 6 to 8 minutes. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Turkey Tacos," 21 Nov. 2019

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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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4 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Stirring.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stirring. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for stirring

stirring

adjective
How to pronounce stirring (audio)

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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