from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To gather (cloth) into decorative rows by parallel stitching.
- transitive v. To cook (unshelled eggs) by baking until set.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. (sewing) To make gathers in textiles by drawing together parallel threads.
- v. To bake (a raw egg removed from its shell) in a baking dish.
- n. A shirring.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A series of close parallel runnings which are drawn up so as to make the material between them set full by gatherings; -- called also shirring, and gauging.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To pucker or draw up (a fabric or a part of a fabric) by means of parallel gathering-threads: as, to shirr an apron.
- In cookery, to poach (eggs) in cream instead of water.
- n. A puckering or fulling produced in a fabric by means of parallel gathering-threads.
- n. One of the threads of india-rubber woven into cloth or ribbon to make it elastic.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. bake (eggs) in their shells until they are set
Origin unknown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)