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  1. (verb-transitive) To pass an implement through (a liquid, for example) in circular motions so as to mix or cool the contents: stirred the soup before tasting it.
  2. (verb-transitive) To introduce (an ingredient, for example) into a liquid or mixture: stirred a cup of sugar into the cake batter.
  3. (verb-transitive) To mix together the ingredients of before cooking or use: stirred up some popover batter; stirred the paint.
  4. (verb-transitive) To cause to move or shift, especially slightly or with irregular motion: A breeze stirred the branches.
  5. (verb-transitive) To prod into brisk or vigorous action; bestir: stirred themselves to fix breakfast.
  6. (verb-transitive) To rouse, as from indifference, and prompt to action. See Synonyms at provoke.
  7. (verb-transitive) To provoke deliberately: stirred by trouble.
  8. (verb-transitive) To excite strong feelings in.
  9. (verb-intransitive) To change position slightly: The dog stirred in its sleep.
  10. (verb-intransitive) To move about actively; bestir oneself.
  11. (verb-intransitive) To move away from a customary or usual place or position: instructed the guards not to stir from their posts.
  12. (verb-intransitive) To take place; happen.
  13. (verb-intransitive) To be capable of being stirred: a mixture that stirs easily.
  14. (verb-intransitive) To be roused or affected by strong feelings: "His wrath so stirred within him, that he could have struck him dead” ( Charles Dickens).
  15. (noun) A stirring, mixing, or poking movement.
  16. (noun) A slight movement.
  17. (noun) A disturbance or commotion.
  18. (noun) An excited reaction; a ferment.
  19. (noun) Slang Prison.

Examples by Wordnik

  1. Put the sugar, water and glucose over the fire; stir till the sugar is dissolved; wash down the sides of the saucepan with a cloth or the fingers dipped in cold water, cover and let boil three or four minutes, then uncover and let cook to 275° F. (when a little is cooled and chewed it clings but does not stick to the teeth) add the butter and peanuts and stir constantly until the peanuts are nicely browned (or are of the color of well roasted peanuts). - Chocolate and Cocoa Recipes and Home Made Candy Recipes
  2. "During the call, he expressed surprise that his comments had created what he called a stir," the official said. - Raw Story
  3. "During the call, he expressed surprise that his comments had created what he called a stir," the official told AFP on condition of anonymity. - Latest News - Yahoo!7 News
  4. (And it makes a nice ginger-flavored sherry that is fun to use in stir-fry sauces.) - Feeling Better « Maria Lectrix
  5. You can go back to snowed-in stir-crazy cabin-fever paranoia in a couple of months. - Palin hits back at 'malicious' photo


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