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.
Stir v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stirred p. pr. & vb. n. Stirring.]
1. To change the place of in any manner; to move.
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. “To stir men to devotion.”
An Ate, stirring him to blood and strife. --Shak.
And for her sake some mutiny will stir. --Dryden.
Note: ☞ In all senses except the first, stir is often followed by up with an intensive effect; as, to stir up fire; to stir up sedition.
Syn: -- To move; incite; awaken; rouse; animate; stimulate; excite; provoke.
Stir, 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. [Colloq.]
n 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,
v 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,
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,
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]