whir

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whir

 (wûr, hwûr)
v. whirred, whir·ring, whirs
v.intr.
To produce a vibrating or buzzing sound or move while making such a sound: The fan whirred in the window. A bee whirred past my ear.
v.tr.
To cause to make or move with such a sound: "She whirred the wheel of the sewing-machine round and round" (Virginia Woolf).
n.
A sound of buzzing or vibration: the whir of turning wheels.

[Middle English whirren, probably of Scandinavian origin.]

whir

(wɜː) or

whirr

n
1. a prolonged soft swish or buzz, as of a motor working or wings flapping
2. a bustle or rush
vb, whirs, whirrs, whirring or whirred
to make or cause to make a whir
[C14: probably from Scandinavian; compare Norwegian kvirra, Danish hvirre; see whirl]

whir

or whirr

(ʰwɜr, wɜr)

v. whirred, whir•ring,
n. v.i.
1. to go, revolve, or otherwise move quickly with a humming sound.
v.t.
2. to move or transport with a whirring sound: A car whirred him away.
n.
3. an act or sound of whirring: the whir of wings.
[1350–1400; Middle English quirre (Scots) < Scandinavian; compare Dan hvirre, Norwegian kvirra. See whirl]

whir


Past participle: whirred
Gerund: whirring

Imperative
whir
whir
Present
I whir
you whir
he/she/it whirs
we whir
you whir
they whir
Preterite
I whirred
you whirred
he/she/it whirred
we whirred
you whirred
they whirred
Present Continuous
I am whirring
you are whirring
he/she/it is whirring
we are whirring
you are whirring
they are whirring
Present Perfect
I have whirred
you have whirred
he/she/it has whirred
we have whirred
you have whirred
they have whirred
Past Continuous
I was whirring
you were whirring
he/she/it was whirring
we were whirring
you were whirring
they were whirring
Past Perfect
I had whirred
you had whirred
he/she/it had whirred
we had whirred
you had whirred
they had whirred
Future
I will whir
you will whir
he/she/it will whir
we will whir
you will whir
they will whir
Future Perfect
I will have whirred
you will have whirred
he/she/it will have whirred
we will have whirred
you will have whirred
they will have whirred
Future Continuous
I will be whirring
you will be whirring
he/she/it will be whirring
we will be whirring
you will be whirring
they will be whirring
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been whirring
you have been whirring
he/she/it has been whirring
we have been whirring
you have been whirring
they have been whirring
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been whirring
you will have been whirring
he/she/it will have been whirring
we will have been whirring
you will have been whirring
they will have been whirring
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been whirring
you had been whirring
he/she/it had been whirring
we had been whirring
you had been whirring
they had been whirring
Conditional
I would whir
you would whir
he/she/it would whir
we would whir
you would whir
they would whir
Past Conditional
I would have whirred
you would have whirred
he/she/it would have whirred
we would have whirred
you would have whirred
they would have whirred
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.whir - 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.whir - 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'"

whir

verb
To make a continuous low-pitched droning sound:
noun
A continuous low-pitched droning sound:
Translations
طَنين، أزيزيُحْدِثُ صَوْتا كالطَّنين أو الأزيز
búgás

whir(r)

(wəː) past tense, past participle whirred verb
to make, or move with, a buzzing sound, especially as of something turning through the air. The propellers whirred and we took off.
noun
such a sound.
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