whir

[hwur, wur]
verb (used without object), whirred, whirring.
1.
to go, fly, revolve, or otherwise move quickly with a humming or buzzing sound: An electric fan whirred softly in the corner.
verb (used with object), whirred, whirring.
2.
to move or transport (a thing, person, etc.) with a whirring sound: The plane whirred them away into the night.
noun
3.
an act or sound of whirring: the whir of wings.
Also, whirr.


Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English quirre (Scots) < Scandinavian; compare Danish hvirre, Norwegian kvirra. See whirl

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whir or whirr (wɜː)
 
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, whirred
3.  to make or cause to make a whir
 
[C14: probably from Scandinavian; compare Norwegian kvirra, Danish hvirre; see whirl]
 
whirr or whirr
 
n
 
vb
 
[C14: probably from Scandinavian; compare Norwegian kvirra, Danish hvirre; see whirl]

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whir
c.1400, Scottish, "fling, hurl," probably from O.N. hvirfla, freq. of hverfa "to turn" (see wharf). Cf. Dan. hvirvle, Du. wervelen, Ger. wirbeln "to whirl."
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Example sentences
Mingled their sounds with the whir of the wheels and the songs of the maidens.
It doesn't believe the sweet whir of overhead cam engines, the responsiveness
  they exhibit, plays at all into the buying decision.
Adult males flutter above the water, their wings a whir.
It is spacious, smooth and silent, effortlessly whisking you along with only
  the whir of its electric motor.
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