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

Roast, stirring occasionally, at 425 degrees, until tomatoes are falling-apart soft and dappled with dark brown spots, 30 to 35 minutes. Leah Eskin, charlotteobserver, "Slow-roasted vegetables make sumptuous sauce for pasta | Charlotte Observer," 26 Jan. 2018 After overpowering the entry and two-footing the triple axel that no other American woman tries, Nagasu hit six triple jumps, including a loop in the final seconds of a stirring program. Barry Wilner, Houston Chronicle, "Tennell, Nagasu, Chen earn U.S. Olympic figure skating Olympic spots," 6 Jan. 2018 The first robot has stirring and squeeze push functions, and the second robot is concerned with print path generation and maintaining an operating system. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Made of Giant Concrete Blocks, the World's Longest 3D-Printed Bridge Was Built in 18 Days," 28 Jan. 2019 Roast vegetables until tender, stirring occasionally (about 35 minutes). 6. Mackenzie Wagoner, Vogue, "The Ultimate Post-Thanksgiving Detox Meal Plan," 23 Nov. 2018 Add the onion, carrots, fennel and 2 tsp of the garlic to the saucepan and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Chicken Osso Buco," 15 Jan. 2015 Simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 to 15 minutes, until fragrant. Marygrace Taylor, Redbook, "The Dinner That Helps You Burn Fat," 16 Sep. 2013 Cook until golden and tender, stirring occasionally, about 6 minutes. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "You Can Make This Classic Green Bean Casserole Recipe Entirely on Your Stovetop," 21 Nov. 2018 Add onion, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, 12 minutes. Woman's Day Test Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Herb Dressing," 24 Oct. 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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