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birr 1

1. A whirring sound.
2. Strong forward momentum; driving force.
intr.v. birred, birr·ing, birrs
To make a whirring sound.

[Middle English bir, favorable wind, from Old Norse byrr; see bher- in Indo-European roots.]

birr 2

n. pl. birr or birrs
See Table at currency.

[Amharic bərr, silver, silver taler bearing the portrait of Holy Roman Empress Maria Theresa (used as currency throughout East Africa and the Indian Ocean region until recent times), birr; see brr in Semitic roots.]
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to make or cause to make a whirring sound
1. a whirring sound
2. force, as of wind
3. vigour; energy
[Old English byre storm, related to Old Norse byrr favourable wind]


(Currencies) the standard monetary unit of Ethiopia, divided into 100 cents
[C20: from Amharic]
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n., pl. birr.
the basic monetary unit of Ethiopia.
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Past participle: birred
Gerund: birring

I birr
you birr
he/she/it birrs
we birr
you birr
they birr
I birred
you birred
he/she/it birred
we birred
you birred
they birred
Present Continuous
I am birring
you are birring
he/she/it is birring
we are birring
you are birring
they are birring
Present Perfect
I have birred
you have birred
he/she/it has birred
we have birred
you have birred
they have birred
Past Continuous
I was birring
you were birring
he/she/it was birring
we were birring
you were birring
they were birring
Past Perfect
I had birred
you had birred
he/she/it had birred
we had birred
you had birred
they had birred
I will birr
you will birr
he/she/it will birr
we will birr
you will birr
they will birr
Future Perfect
I will have birred
you will have birred
he/she/it will have birred
we will have birred
you will have birred
they will have birred
Future Continuous
I will be birring
you will be birring
he/she/it will be birring
we will be birring
you will be birring
they will be birring
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been birring
you have been birring
he/she/it has been birring
we have been birring
you have been birring
they have been birring
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been birring
you will have been birring
he/she/it will have been birring
we will have been birring
you will have been birring
they will have been birring
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been birring
you had been birring
he/she/it had been birring
we had been birring
you had been birring
they had been birring
I would birr
you would birr
he/she/it would birr
we would birr
you would birr
they would birr
Past Conditional
I would have birred
you would have birred
he/she/it would have birred
we would have birred
you would have birred
they would have birred
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.birr - the basic unit of money in Ethiopia; equal to 100 cents
Ethiopian monetary unit - monetary unit in Ethiopia
cent - a fractional monetary unit of several countries
2.birr - sound of something in rapid motion; "whir of a bird's wings"; "the whir of the propellers"
sound - the sudden occurrence of an audible event; "the sound awakened them"
Verb1.birr - make a soft swishing sound; "the motor whirred"; "the car engine purred"
sound, go - make a certain noise or sound; "She went `Mmmmm'"; "The gun went `bang'"
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"Traders from Ethiopia come to buy household goods at this market and they have to convert their Birr to local shillings," he says.
Last Saturday's dramatic stalemate at Croke Park was the first time that the club final had finished level in 23 years, when Birr rode their luck against Dunloy (right) before comfortably winning the replay.
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Derba Group, an amalgam of three Ethiopian companies owned by Al Amoudi, has already invested 12 billion birr of a planned 71 billion birr in agriculture and cement in Ethiopia, and the balance will be invested over the next five years, chief executive officer Haile Assegide was quoted as saying by Bloomberg.
Five of the on-going projects being constructed anew, with a total outlay of 3.4 billion birr, are likely to generate 3,000 new employment opportunities.
It gives them so many tools to bring into the world after graduation, even if they decide to not go into business,” Allison Birr, Marketing Specialist at Branded Business Apps.
The Blue Knights boast a strong defensive front with Mike Birr, McPherson and Abare at the tackles and Clements on the end.
They're first time Dublin champions and compared to Birr's 21 victories in Offaly that's almost embarrassing.
"Digital sound technology is great, but to get audio down a limited bandwidth pipe you have to compress and process that audio," said Birr. "That can be an area where noise and 'digital artifacting' can creep in and degrade intelligibility.
Offaly's only saving grace is the fact that the game is on at Birr and boss Mike McNamara will be keen for a home win.
When sprayed up your nose, BIRR 4's decoys fasten on to the virus and lure it away from nasal cells.