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 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

With stunning archival footage and interviews with the amazing Maiden crew, Holmes captures that high in this stirring documentary that recounts not just the feminist achievement, but triumph of the human spirit. Katie Walsh, chicagotribune.com, "‘Maiden’ review: First female team in Whitbread race a feminist and human feat," 11 July 2019 One of the most stirring reaction videos comes from Normies, a YouTube review team based out of Indiana. Nick Allen, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why It's Hard to Move on After 'Avengers: Infinity War'," 5 May 2018 Lastly, who would expect conservative lawyer/pundit George Conway, the husband of the venal Trump apologist Kellyanne, to issue the most stirring call to arms of the week? Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: “This Is the End of My Presidency!”," 21 Apr. 2019 In one of the most stirring success stories of modern medicine, many childhood cancers are now treatable, including types that once would have been fatal. Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times, "For Survivors of Childhood Cancer, Walk," 20 June 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Forecasters expect Barry, the year’s first major tropical stirring, to bring between 10 and 20 inches of rain to the New Orleans metropolitan area and several feet of surge in the surrounding waterways. BostonGlobe.com, "Tropical Storm Barry approaches Louisiana," 12 July 2019 May spies on their dalliances without confronting them, awakening a sensual stirring in herself that is not socially acceptable. Hau Chu, Twin Cities, "‘The Third Wife,’ a movie set in 19th-century Vietnam, has a lot to say about today," 27 June 2019 May spies on their dalliances without confronting them, awakening a sensual stirring in herself that is not socially acceptable. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Review: ‘The Third Wife’ is a story told with deft, lush strokes," 27 June 2019 Without its frame of the packed grandstand, the view of the emerald green field would be far less stirring. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "Column: These fields of dreams aren’t in Iowa cornfields," 21 June 2019 Changing the Game, the Audience Award-winning documentary at this year’s Outfest, is a stirring, sharply crafted film about teen transgender athletes. Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Changing the Game': Film Review | Outfest 2019," 31 July 2019 Simmer both, stirring occasionally, smashing blueberry mixture with back of spoon, until each is thickened, about 10 minutes for nectarine sauce and 15 minutes for blueberry sauce. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Blueberry & Nectarine Semifreddo," 18 July 2019 In the last few months, there have been the earliest stirrings that this situation could — emphasis on could — be on track to change. New York Times, "Why Markets Have Gotten So Jumpy," 23 Feb. 2018 The author then goes further, detecting stirrings of a broader youthful group identity. Andrew Stuttaford, WSJ, "‘Gilded Youth’ Review: Such, Such Were the Joys," 14 June 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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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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