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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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whirr

[hwur, wur]
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), noun
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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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