Whirring
Whir Whir, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Whirred}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Whirring}.] [Perhaps of imitative origin; cf. D. hvirre to whirl, and E. hurr, hurry, whirl. ???.] To whirl round, or revolve, with a whizzing noise; to fly or more quickly with a buzzing or whizzing sound; to whiz. [1913 Webster]

The partridge bursts away on whirring wings. --Beattie. [1913 Webster]


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