Stir

Definition of Stir

v. t.1.To change the place of in any manner; to move.
[imp. & p. p. Stirred ; p. pr. & vb. n. Stirring.]
My foot I had never yet in five days been able to stir.
- Sir W. Temple.
2.To disturb the relative position of the particles of, as of a liquid, by passing something through it; to agitate; as, to stir a pudding with a spoon.
My mind is troubled, like a fountain stirred.
- Shak.
3.To bring into debate; to agitate; to moot.
Stir not questions of jurisdiction.
- Bacon.
4.To incite to action; to arouse; to instigate; to prompt; to excite.
An Ate, stirring him to blood and strife.
- Shak.
And for her sake some mutiny will stir.
- Dryden.
v. i.1.To move; to change one's position.
I had not power to stir or strive,
But felt that I was still alive.
- Byron.
2.To be in motion; to be active or bustling; to exert or busy one's self.
All are not fit with them to stir and toil.
- Byron.
The friends of the unfortunate exile, far from resenting his unjust suspicions, were stirring anxiously in his behalf.
- Merivale.
3.To become the object of notice; to be on foot.
They fancy they have a right to talk freely upon everything that stirs or appears.
- I. Watts.
4.To rise, or be up, in the morning.
n.1.The act or result of stirring; agitation; tumult; bustle; noise or various movements.
Why all these words, this clamor, and this stir?
- Denham.
Consider, after so much stir about genus and species, how few words we have yet settled definitions of.
- Locke.
2.Public disturbance or commotion; tumultuous disorder; seditious uproar.
Being advertised of some stirs raised by his unnatural sons in England.
- Sir J. Davies.
3.Agitation of thoughts; conflicting passions.

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