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. [1913 Webster]

My foot I had never yet in five days been able to stir. --Sir W. Temple. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

My mind is troubled, like a fountain stirred. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To bring into debate; to agitate; to moot. [1913 Webster]

Stir not questions of jurisdiction. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

4. To incite to action; to arouse; to instigate; to prompt; to excite. ``To stir men to devotion.'' --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

An Ate, stirring him to blood and strife. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

And for her sake some mutiny will stir. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To move; incite; awaken; rouse; animate; stimulate; excite; provoke. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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