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stir    : [st'ɚ]
Stir \Stir\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Stirred}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Stirring}.] [OE. stiren, steren, sturen, AS. styrian;
probably akin to D. storen to disturb, G. st["o]ren, OHG.
st[=o]ren to scatter, destroy. [root]166.]
1. To change the place of in any manner; to move.
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My foot I had never yet in five days been able to
stir. --Sir W.
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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.
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My mind is troubled, like a fountain stirred.
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3. To bring into debate; to agitate; to moot.
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Stir not questions of jurisdiction. --Bacon.
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4. To incite to action; to arouse; to instigate; to prompt;
to excite. "To stir men to devotion." --Chaucer.
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An Ate, stirring him to blood and strife. --Shak.
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And for her sake some mutiny will stir. --Dryden.
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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.
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Syn: To move; incite; awaken; rouse; animate; stimulate;
excite; provoke.
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Stir \Stir\, v. i.
1. To move; to change one's position.
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I had not power to stir or strive,
But felt that I was still alive. --Byron.
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2. To be in motion; to be active or bustling; to exert or
busy one's self.
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All are not fit with them to stir and toil. --Byron.
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The friends of the unfortunate exile, far from
resenting his unjust suspicions, were stirring
anxiously in his behalf. --Merivale.
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3. To become the object of notice; to be on foot.
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They fancy they have a right to talk freely upon
everything that stirs or appears. --I. Watts.
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4. To rise, or be up, in the morning. [Colloq.] --Shak.
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Stir \Stir\, n.
1. The act or result of stirring; agitation; tumult; bustle;
noise or various movements.
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Why all these words, this clamor, and this stir?
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Consider, after so much stir about genus and
species, how few words we have yet settled
definitions of. --Locke.
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2. Public disturbance or commotion; tumultuous disorder;
seditious uproar.
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Being advertised of some stirs raised by his
unnatural sons in England. --Sir J.
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3. Agitation of thoughts; conflicting passions.
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n 1: a prominent or sensational but short-lived news event; "he
made a great splash and then disappeared" [synonym: {stir},
2: emotional agitation and excitement
3: a rapid active commotion [synonym: {bustle}, {hustle}, {flurry},
{ado}, {fuss}, {stir}]
v 1: move an implement through; "stir the soup"; "stir my
drink"; "stir the soil"
2: move very slightly; "He shifted in his seat" [synonym: {stir},
{shift}, {budge}, {agitate}]
3: stir feelings in; "stimulate my appetite"; "excite the
audience"; "stir emotions" [synonym: {stimulate}, {excite},
4: stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of; "These stories
shook the community"; "the civil war shook the country" [synonym:
{stimulate}, {shake}, {shake up}, {excite}, {stir}]
5: affect emotionally; "A stirring movie"; "I was touched by
your kind letter of sympathy" [synonym: {touch}, {stir}]
6: summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by
magic; "raise the specter of unemployment"; "he conjured wild
birds in the air"; "call down the spirits from the mountain"
[synonym: {raise}, {conjure}, {conjure up}, {invoke}, {evoke},
{stir}, {call down}, {arouse}, {bring up}, {put forward},
{call forth}]
7: to begin moving, "As the thunder started the sleeping
children began to stir" [synonym: {arouse}, {stir}]
8: mix or add by stirring; "Stir nuts into the dough"

351 Moby Thesaurus words for "stir":
action, activate, activeness, activism, activity, actuate,
actuation, ado, advance, affect, agitate, agitation, amalgamate,
animate, annoy, arise, arouse, ascend, awake, awaken, back,
back up, be turbulent, beat, beat up, bestir, big house, blend,
blow the coals, blow up, bluster, bobbery, boil, boiling, bother,
botheration, brawl, brig, broil, brouhaha, budge, burst, business,
bustle, calaboose, call forth, call up, can, challenge, change,
change place, chokey, churn, churn up, circle, climb, clink,
come alive, come home to, commingle, commotion, confusion,
conturbation, convince, convulse, cooler, coop, cultivate, descend,
din, disarrange, discombobulate, discompose, discomposure,
disconcert, disorder, disquiet, disquietude, disturb, disturbance,
doings, donnybrook, donnybrook fair, drive, dustup, dynamics, ebb,
ebullience, ebullition, eddy, effervescence, electrify,
embroilment, encourage, energize, enkindle, enrage, excite,
excitement, fan, fan the fire, fan the flame, feed the fire,
feery-fary, ferment, fermentation, fever, feverishness,
fidgetiness, fidgets, fire, fit, flame, flap, flow, flurry,
fluster, flutter, flutteration, flutteriness, foam, foment,
foofaraw, fracas, free-for-all, frenzy, fret, fume, furore, fuss,
fussiness, galvanize, get, get moving, get over, get up,
glasshouse, go, go around, go deep, go round, go sideways,
go through one, going, goings-on, gyrate, hassle, heat,
helter-skelter, hoosegow, hubbub, hullabaloo, hurly-burly, hurry,
hurry-scurry, impassion, impel, incense, incite, induce, inflame,
infuriate, inquietude, inspire, instigate, intermingle, jar,
jitters, jolt, jug, jumpiness, keep, key up, kindle, kinematics,
kinesipathy, kinesis, kinesitherapy, kinetics, lather up,
light the fuse, light up, look lively, madden, maelstrom,
make sensitive, malaise, melee, melt, melt the heart, merge,
militancy, mill, mill around, mingle, mix up, mobilization, moil,
motion, motivate, motivation, mount, move, move over, movement,
moving, nerviness, nervosity, nervousness, overexcite, paddle,
pandemonium, pell-mell, pen, penetrate, penitentiary, persuade,
perturb, perturbate, perturbation, pierce, pique, plunge, pokey,
political activism, pother, prison, proceedings, prod, progress,
prompt, provoke, quicken, quod, racket, raise, raise up, rally,
rampage, rattle, refine, regress, restlessness, resuscitate,
retrogress, revive, rile, riot, ripple, rise, rock, roil, rotate,
rough-and-tumble, roughen, roughhouse, rouse, rout, row, ruckus,
ruction, ruffle, rumple, rumpus, run, running, scramble, seethe,
seething, sensibilize, sensitize, set astir, set fire to, set on,
set on fire, shake, shake a leg, shake up, sharpen, shift, shindy,
shock, simmer, sink, slammer, smart, smolder, soar, soften, spasm,
spin, spur, spurt, stagger, steam up, step lively, stew, stimulate,
sting, stir about, stir the blood, stir the embers,
stir the feelings, stir up, stirring, stream, subside, summon up,
sweat, swirl, swirling, to-do, touch, touch a chord, travel,
trepidation, trepidity, trouble, tumult, tumultuation, turbidity,
turbulence, turmoil, turn on, twitter, unease, unquiet, unrest,
unsettle, uproar, upset, urge, velocity, vitalize, vortex, wake,
wake up, waken, wane, warm, warm the blood, whet, whip, whip up,
whirl, whirlpool, whirlwind, whisk, work into, work up,

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