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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Stir


STIR, verb transitive stur. [G., to stir to disturb.]

1. To move; to change place in any manner.

My foot I had never yet in five days been able to stir

2. To agitate; to bring into debate.

STIR on the questions of jurisdiction.

3. To incite to action; to instigate; to prompt.

An Ate stirring him to blood and strife.

4. To excite; to raise; to put into motion.

And for her sake some mutiny will stir

To stir up,

1. To incite; to animate; to instigate by inflaming passions; as, to stir up a nation to rebellion.

The words of Judas were good and able to stir them up to valor. 2 Maccabees.

2. To excite; to put into action; to begin; as, to stir up a mutiny or insurrection; to stir up strife.

3. To quicken; to enliven; to make more lively or vigorous; as, to stir up the mind.

4. To disturb; as, to stir up the sediment of liquor.

STIR, verb intransitive stur.

1. To move ones self. He is not able to stir

2. To go or be carried in any manner. He is not able to stir from home, or to stir abroad.

3. To be in motion; not to be still. He is continually stirring.

4. To become the object of notice or conversation.

They fancy they have a right to talk freely upon every thing that stirs or appears.

5. To rise in the morning. [Colloquial.]

STIR, noun

1. Agitation; tumult; bustle; noise or various movements.

Why all these words, this clamor and this stir?

Consider, after so much stir about the genus and species, how few words ave yet settled definitions.

2. Public disturbance or commotion; tumultuous disorder; seditious uproar.

Being advertised of some stir raised by his unnatural sons in England, he departed from Ireland without a blow.

3. Agitation of thoughts; conflicting passions.