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Definition of "stir" []

  • 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. (verb-transitive)
  • To introduce (an ingredient, for example) into a liquid or mixture: stirred a cup of sugar into the cake batter. (verb-transitive)
  • To mix together the ingredients of before cooking or use: stirred up some popover batter; stirred the paint. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause to move or shift, especially slightly or with irregular motion: A breeze stirred the branches. (verb-transitive)
  • To prod into brisk or vigorous action; bestir: stirred themselves to fix breakfast. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "stir" in a sentence
  • "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)."
  • ""During the call, he expressed surprise that his comments had created what he called a stir," the official said."
  • ""During the call, he expressed surprise that his comments had created what he called a stir," the official told AFP on condition of anonymity."