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

Definition of stirring

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : rousing, inspiring a stirring speech



Definition of stirring (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Here and elsewhere Bowers is a consummate draftsman, and some of her most stirring work depends upon this skill set. Lori Waxman,, 18 Dec. 2021 The rotunda of American Adventure can be simultaneously serene and stirring. Dewayne Bevil, Orlando Sentinel, 21 July 2022 The bodies driven away, the stage finally emptied, the symphony’s stirring, stentorian choral finale was a promise of rebirth directed at a field of upturned dirt. New York Times, 8 July 2022 And yet director Joseph Kosinski's soaring reboot managed to be, for all its retro American triumphalism and Mach 10 tricks, an oddly sweet and stirring experience. Leah Greenblatt,, 28 June 2022 Add remaining 3/4 cup chicken stock and cook, stirring, until liquid thickens. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 21 June 2022 The Milwaukee Bucks will head home with a chance to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals after a stirring 110-107 comeback victory over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night at TD Garden. Jim Owczarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 May 2022 Indeed, the Blue Devils are 30-6, coming off a stirring 85-76 victory over Michigan State in the Round of 32, and Krzyzewski still has a chance to win his sixth national title with one of his youngest squads ever. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, 24 Mar. 2022 Last week, the Spurs followed a stirring road victory at Milwaukee with a 131-118 flop against an Indiana team that was 1-6 at the time. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 6 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Aged in 3,000 liter casks for a year with stirring of lees, followed by six months in concrete, this wine includes Pinot Bianco as a backbone, Chardonnay for rich roundness and Sauvignon Blanc for aromatic complexity. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 31 July 2022 Cook, stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the sugar dissolves. Sally Pasley Vargas,, 5 July 2022 There’s a misguided stirring in the soul that glorifies your work with spiritual transformation. Jeremy Duvall, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 The goal in reaching those spiritually wavering is not only the observance of ritual but the stirring of Jewish consciousness, the lighting of the spiritual fire, allowing those reached to chart their own direction. Rabbi Avi Weiss, Sun Sentinel, 16 May 2022 From Vignobles Jade, this 79/12/9 Sauvignon Blanc/Sauvignon Gris/Muscadelle from 40-year-old vines ages nine months in amphorae and barrels with regular stirring of lees. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 22 May 2022 In every stirring for liberty, Mr. Putin now saw the hidden hand of the United States. New York Times, 26 Mar. 2022 Most hot dips are baked in the oven or warmed through on the stove, and the recipe may call for occasional stirring. Katie Workman,, 1 Feb. 2022 And the intense heat of the oven browns everything beautifully, without requiring constant stirring and attention from you. Robin Miller, The Arizona Republic, 10 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of stirring


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


14th century, in the meaning defined above

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stir·​ring | \ ˈstər-iŋ \

Kids Definition of stirring

: moving sense 2 a stirring speech

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