whirr
I. verb see whir I II. noun see whir II

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • whirr — whir [wə: US wə:r] v past tense and past participle whirred present participle whirring [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: Probably from a [i]Scandinavian language] to make a fairly quiet regular sound, like the sound of a bird or insect moving its wings… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • whirr — [ wɜr, hwɜr ] another spelling of whir …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • whirr — meaning ‘to make a continuous buzzing sound’, is spelt with two rs in BrE and usually with one r in AmE, and the corresponding noun follows suit. The verb has inflected forms whirred, whirring in both varieties …   Modern English usage

  • whirr — (also whir) ► VERB (whirred, whirring) ▪ (of something rapidly rotating or moving to and fro) make a low, continuous, regular sound. ► NOUN ▪ a whirring sound. ORIGIN probably Scandinavian …   English terms dictionary

  • whirr — [[t](h)wɜ͟ː(r)[/t]] whirrs, whirring, whirred also whir VERB When something such as a machine or an insect s wing whirrs, it makes a series of low sounds so quickly that they seem like one continuous sound. The camera whirred and clicked. [V ing] …   English dictionary

  • whirr — verb Whirr is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑machine …   Collocations dictionary

  • whirr — [wɜː] verb [I] to make a fast repeated quiet sound whirr noun [singular] …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • whirr — /wɜ / (say wer) verb (i) (whirred, whirring) 1. to go, fly, dart, revolve, or otherwise move quickly with a vibratory or buzzing sound. –noun 2. the act or sound of whirring: the whirr of wings. Also, whir. {Middle English, from Scandinavian;… …   Australian English dictionary

  • whirr — /hwerr, werr/, v.i., v.t., n. whir. * * * …   Universalium

  • whirr — 1. verb /wɜː,ʍɜː,wɝ,ʍɝ/ a) To move or vibrate (something) with a buzzing sound. b) To make a sibilant buzzing or droning sound …   Wiktionary

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