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1 a disorderly outburst or tumult; "they were amazed by the furious disturbance they had caused" [syn: disturbance, disruption, commotion, flutter, hurly burly, to-do, hoo-ha, hoo-hah, kerfuffle]
2 emotional agitation and excitement
3 a rapid bustling commotion [syn: bustle, hustle, flurry, ado, fuss]


1 move an implement through with a circular motion; "stir the soup"; "stir my drink"
2 move very slightly; "He shifted in his seat" [syn: shift, budge, agitate]
3 stir feelings in; "stimulate my appetite"; "excite the audience"; "stir emotions" [syn: stimulate, excite]
4 stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of; "These stories shook the community"; "the civil war shook the country" [syn: stimulate, shake, shake up, excite]
5 affect emotionally; "A stirring movie"; "I was touched by your kind letter of sympathy" [syn: touch]
6 evoke or call forth, with or as if by magic; "raise the specter of unemployment"; "he conjured wild birds in the air"; "stir a disturbance"; "call down the spirits from the mountain" [syn: raise, conjure, conjure up, invoke, evoke, call down, arouse, bring up, put forward, call forth]
7 to begin moving, "As the thunder started the sleeping children began to stir" [syn: arouse]
8 mix or add by stirring; "Stir nuts into the dough" [also: stirring, stirred]stirring adj
1 capable of arousing enthusiasm or excitement; "a rousing sermon"; "stirring events such as wars and rescues" [syn: rousing]
2 exciting strong but not unpleasant emotions; "a stirring speech" [syn: soul-stirring]


1 agitating a liquid with an implement; "constant stirring prevents it from burning on the bottom of the pan"
2 arousing to a particular emotion or action [syn: inspiration]stirring See stir

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  1. present participle of stir

Extensive Definition


stirring in Arabic: مزيج
stirring in Guarani: Jehe'a
stirring in Catalan: Mescla
stirring in Czech: Směs
stirring in German: Gemisch
stirring in Modern Greek (1453-): Μίγμα
stirring in Spanish: Mezcla
stirring in French: Mélange
stirring in Galician: Mestura
stirring in Korean: 혼합물
stirring in Ido: Mixuro
stirring in Italian: Miscuglio
stirring in Hebrew: תערובת
stirring in Macedonian: Смеса
stirring in Dutch: Mengsel
stirring in Japanese: 混合物
stirring in Polish: Mieszanina
stirring in Portuguese: Mistura
stirring in Russian: Смесь
stirring in Simple English: Mixture
stirring in Slovak: Zmes
stirring in Finnish: Seos
stirring in Swedish: Blandning
stirring in Turkish: Kimyasal karışım
stirring in Chinese: 混合物

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