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

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 The Boston Marathon victory Monday by Chula Vista native Desiree Linden in a frigid rainstorm provided a stirring endorsement for resilience, unshakable belief and the power of stubbornly putting one foot in front of the other. Bryce Miller, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Boston Marathon fear of Chula Vista winner Linden: 'Don't blow it'," 16 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Much of South Africa’s economy is controlled by the white minority, stirring anger among blacks who hoped for a better life after apartheid. Washington Post, "South Africa’s leader says ‘no smash and grab’ land reform," 1 Mar. 2018 The liquid in the pan cooks down to a creamy sauce as the chicken simmers, though Mr. Cardoz does recommend caution and occasional stirring to prevent the sauce from scorching. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "A Glorious Chicken Korma Anyone Can Pull Off," 5 July 2018 Add the wine and bring to a simmer, stirring and scraping the bottom of the pan to loosen and dissolve the fond; continue to simmer, stirring, until liquid is thickened and slightly reduced, about 1½ minutes longer. BostonGlobe.com, "Recipes: Comforting old-fashioned chicken and spring peas for dinner," 9 June 2018 Cook onion, stirring, until softened, about 2 minutes. Bon Appetit, "Shrimp Hot Chicken-Style with Grits Croutons," 28 May 2018 Add the flour mixture, stirring just until incorporated. Woman's Day, "Buttermilk Waffle, Bacon and Egg Sandwich," 7 Mar. 2018 England, at its best, tries its heart out and enjoys a swell of patriotic support that is – with a few exceptions – stirring and heart-warming. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Why England's World Cup pain hurts so much," 11 July 2018 That moment was either the stupidity of an ineffably lame 14-year-old kid from Coral Gables, or the stirrings of punk. Tom Austin, miamiherald, "Hendrix and Zappa once rocked Miami. Today's pop culture is an epic leap away.," 29 June 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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