purring


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purr

 (pûr)
n.
1. The soft vibrant sound made by a cat.
2. A sound similar to that made by a cat: the purr of an engine.
v. purred, purr·ing, purrs
v.intr.
To make or utter a soft vibrant sound: The cat purred. The sewing machine purred.
v.tr.
To express by a soft vibrant sound.

[Imitative.]

purring

(ˈpɜːrɪŋ)
n
another name for purr
References in classic literature ?
In Pollyanna's room Fluffy had just jumped to the bed with a little purring "meow" of joy when through the open door sounded clearly and sharply Aunt Polly's agonized exclamation.
In Pollyanna's room, the nurse had found a purring gray cat on the bed vainly trying to attract the attention of a white-faced, wild-eyed little girl.
On his lips was the soothing, purring sound that the great cats themselves made when contented and happy.
We must get rid of him," agreed Anne, looking darkly at the subject of their discussion, who was purring on the hearth rug with an air of lamb-like meekness.
A strange purring sound issued from the mouth in the palm of one of his hands, and at the same time he started rapidly toward the bluff, followed by the entire herd.
Cecco, bravest of the brave, cowered before his captain, crying "No, no"; but Hook was purring to his claw.
I think I heard you volunteer, Starkey," said Hook, purring again.
One day Tom was in the act of dosing the crack when his aunt's yellow cat came along, purring, ey- ing the teaspoon avariciously, and begging for a taste.
Striking a match on the box she held in her hand, she turned on and lighted, above the parlour table, one of the two gas- burners, which, being defective, first whistled as if astonished, and then went on purring comfortably like a cat.
She set it under the purring gas-jet, and with a passing glance at her motionless husband hugging the fire, she went (down two steps) into the kitchen.
All afternoon, wherever one went in the house, one could hear the panting wheeze of the saw or the pleasant purring of the plane.
She is such a dear quiet thing,' Alice went on, half to herself, as she swam lazily about in the pool, `and she sits purring so nicely by the fire, licking her paws and washing her face--and she is such a nice soft thing to nurse--and she's such a capital one for catching mice--oh, I beg your pardon