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Definition of Stir


  1. To change the place of in any manner; to move.
  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.
  3. To bring into debate; to agitate; to moot.
  4. To incite to action; to arouse; to instigate; to prompt; to excite.
  5. To move; to change one's position.
  6. To be in motion; to be active or bustling; to exert or busy one's self.
  7. To become the object of notice; to be on foot.
  8. To rise, or be up, in the morning.
  9. The act or result of stirring; agitation; tumult; bustle; noise or various movements.
  10. Public disturbance or commotion; tumultuous disorder; seditious uproar.
  11. Agitation of thoughts; conflicting passions.

Stir Quotations

Society is like a stew. If you don't stir it up every once in a while then a layer of scum floats to the top.
Edward Abbey

It is clear that he does not pray, who, far from uplifting himself to God, requires that God shall lower Himself to him, and who resorts to prayer not to stir the man in us to will what God wills, but only to persuade God to will what the man in us wills.
Thomas Aquinas

Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized.
Daniel Burnham

By showing hunger, deprivation, starvation and brutality, as well as endurance and nobility, documentaries inform, prod our memories, even stir us to action. Such films do battle for our very soul.
Theodore Bikel

There are movements which impinge upon the nerves with a strength that is incomparable, for movement has power to stir the senses and emotions, unique in itself.
Doris Humphrey
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Stir Translations

stir in Afrikaans is aangry, roer
stir in Dutch is aangrijpen, ontroeren, bewegen
stir in Finnish is liikuttaa
stir in French is affecter
stir in Portuguese is agite
stir in Spanish is impulsar, conmover
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