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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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Example sentences
Pull the trigger, and it kicks in with the satisfying whirr of a small jet engine.
And the whirr and jangle of myriad horns only added to his confusion.
The server racks are nearly silent, and their internal fans whirr almost imperceptibly.
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