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

Quarterback Nick Burton, a junior transfer who’d not played a down of varsity football — and never played quarterback at any level — enjoyed a stirring debut to lead the Mustangs to a 21-18 victory last week over Santiago at Garden Grove High. Daily Pilot, "High School Football Player of the Week: Newcomer Nick Burton ends Costa Mesa’s losing ways," 5 Sep. 2019 By contrast, Hoar is lauded as a principled statesman, credited with delivering one of the most stirring speeches against bigotry in the history of the U.S. Senate. Michael Luo, The New Yorker, "America’s Exclusionary Past and Present and the Judgment of History," 17 Aug. 2019 Sweetwater Valley staged a stirring rally before falling. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Sweetwater Valley Little League eliminated in West Region," 7 Aug. 2019 The stirring scene features some of the best performances of the season. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Amanda Brugel Has a Game-Changing Theory About The Handmaid's Tale's Rita," 17 Aug. 2019 As the stirring scene unfolded, travelers, who had left their seats in waiting areas and paused their walks through the terminal, got quiet. Author: Reis Thebault, Anchorage Daily News, "Southwest Airlines flew the remains of a Vietnam airman home to Dallas. The pilot was his son.," 9 Aug. 2019 In one stirring moment, Bono says his friend's voice improved with years. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "'Pavarotti': 5 life lessons the passionate tenor taught us in the new Ron Howard documentary," 6 June 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

According to the document, which was filed last year but has only just been made public, eye-tracking technology would detect when a baby is awake, asleep or close to stirring. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Google’s eye-tracking baby monitor: 10-minute warning of wakeup," 11 Sep. 2019 In a large bowl, combine the miso, butter, and ginger, stirring and mashing. BostonGlobe.com, "SOBA WITH MISO BUTTER AND ASPARAGUS," 11 Sep. 2019 According to the document, which was lodged last year but has only just been made public, eye-tracking technology would detect when a baby is awake, asleep or close to stirring. Lianne Kolirin, CNN, "A new Google baby monitor could use AI to alert parents before infant awakes," 10 Sep. 2019 Add vinegar and continue cooking, stirring until liquid has evaporated. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Black Bean and Corn Enchilada Casserole: Fiber rich and vegetarian," 7 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, in a large Dutch over or another wide, heavy pot over medium-high heat, cook the bacon, stirring, until golden and crispy, about 5 minutes. Maura Judkis, Washington Post, "A hearty, smoky stew with kielbasa, bacon and sauerkraut to warm you up in cooler months," 29 Aug. 2019 In a saucepan over medium-high heat, combine brown sugar and wine stirring until dissolved. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "These Juicy Burger Recipes Put New Spins On A Classic Dish," 23 Aug. 2019 Dean has had built quite a reputation in Bachelor Nation, mostly for sh*t-stirring and being the center of one epic love triangle. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "Who Is Dean Unglert, the 'Bachelor' Veteran and Former Villain?," 13 Aug. 2019 Kane notched twice in his first Premier League outing this term, scoring a brace as the Lilywhites produced a stirring fightback against Aston Villa on opening day. SI.com, "Harry Kane's Dreadful Record Against Newcastle United in Abysmal Premier League Defeat," 25 Aug. 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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