verb (whirs, whirring, whirred)[no object]
- (Of something rapidly rotating or moving to and fro) make a low, continuous, regular sound: the ceiling fans whirred in the smoky airMore example sentences
- This sound was the generator whirring to life once again.
- The sounds of machines whirring and bells ringing could be heard as far away as a city block.
- Next to me, Mr. Walker's camera whirred and clicked rapidly.
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- A whirring sound: the whir of the projectorMore example sentences
- That is about the same level of noise produced by the whir of an air conditioner or the rumbling of average city traffic.
- The rip of gunfire sounded above the whir of the blades.
- The only sound was the soft whir of the ship around them.
late Middle English (in the sense 'move with a whirring sound'): probably of Scandinavian origin; compare with whirl.
More definitions of whirDefinition of whir in:
- The US English dictionary