whir

  • 1 Whir — Whir, n. A buzzing or whizzing sound produced by rapid or whirling motion; as, the whir of a partridge; the whir of a spinning wheel. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 2 Whir — Whir, v. t. [See {Whir} to whiz.] To hurry a long with a whizzing sound. [R.] [1913 Webster] This world to me is like a lasting storm, Whirring me from my friends. Shak. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 3 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… …

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  • 4 whir — [ wɜr, hwɜr ] verb intransitive to make a fast repeated quiet sound: A flock of birds rose in front of him, their wings whirring. All around the room, computers whirred and buzzed. ╾ whir noun singular …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 5 whir|ry — «HWUR ee», transitive verb, intransitive verb, ried, ry|ing. Scottish. to hurry. ╂[probably < whir + y, as in hurry] …

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  • 6 whir — [wə: US wə:r] v [I] another spelling of ↑whirr …

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  • 7 whir — c.1400, Scottish, fling, hurl, probably from O.N. hvirfla, frequentative of hverfa to turn (see WHARF (Cf. wharf)). Cf. Dan. hvirvle, Du. wervelen, Ger. wirbeln to whirl …

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  • 8 whir — or whirr [hwʉr, wʉr] vi., vt. whirred, whirring [ME (Northern) quirren, prob. < Scand, as in Dan hvirre, Norw kvirra, akin to ON hverfa, to turn: for IE base see WHARF] to fly, revolve, vibrate, or otherwise move quickly with a whizzing or… …

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  • 9 WHIR — Infobox Radio station name = WHIR city = Danville, Kentucky area = slogan = branding = Newstalk Sports 1230 frequency = 1230 kHz repeater = airdate = share = share as of = share source = format = News Talk Information power = 1,000 watts… …

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  • 10 whir — po·ro·kai·whir·ia; whir·ra; whir·ry; whir·tle; whir; …

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  • 11 whir — I. verb also whirr (whirred; whirring) Etymology: Middle English (Scots) quirren, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Danish hvirre to whirl, whir Date: 15th century intransitive verb to fly, revolve, or move rapidly with a whir <… …

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  • 12 whir — UK [wɜː(r)] / US [wɜr] / US [hwɜr] verb [intransitive] Word forms whir : present tense I/you/we/they whir he/she/it whirs present participle whirring past tense whirred past participle whirred to make a fast repeated quiet sound A flock of birds… …

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  • 13 whir — var. of WHIRR. * * * whir [whir whirs whirred whirring] ; (especially NAmE) = ↑ …

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  • 14 whir — or whirr [[t](h)wɜr, wɜr[/t]] v. whirred, whir•ring, n. 1) to go, revolve, or otherwise move quickly with a humming sound 2) to move or transport with a whirring sound: A car whirred him away[/ex] 3) an act or sound of whirring: the whir of… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 15 whir — /hwerr, werr/, v., whirred, whirring, n. v.i. 1. to go, fly, revolve, or otherwise move quickly with a humming or buzzing sound: An electric fan whirred softly in the corner. v.t. 2. to move or transport (a thing, person, etc.) with a whirring… …

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  • 16 WHIR — Web Host Industry Review (Community » Media) Web Host Industry Review (Internet) * Web Hosting Industry Review (Community » Media) …

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  • 17 whir — Synonyms and related words: angular momentum, angular motion, angular velocity, axial motion, birr, bombilate, bombinate, boom, bowling, bum, burr, buzz, centrifugation, circulation, circumgyration, circumrotation, drone, full circle, gyration,… …

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  • 18 whir — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. i. buzz, hum. See sound. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. whiz, swish, vibrate; see hum . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. buzz, hum, birr, vibration. IV (Roget s Thesaurus II) I verb To make a continuous low …

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  • 19 whir — were …

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  • 20 whir — [[t](h)wɜ͟ː(r)[/t]] see whirr …

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