Definitions

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  • adj. Great; large; strong; mighty.
  • adj. Stiff; hard; harsh.
  • adj. (of persons) Austere; harsh; severe; violent; turbulent.
  • adj. (of the voice) Harsh; deep-toned.
  • v. To move; stir.
  • v. To move actively; keep stirring.
  • v. To rise up in clouds, as smoke, dust, etc.
  • v. To stir up, as liquor.
  • v. To pour; pour leisurely out of any vessel held high.
  • v. To sprinkle.
  • n. Stir; bustle; agitation; contention.
  • n. Dust in motion, hence also dust at rest.
  • n. A gush of water.
  • n. Spray.
  • n. A sufficient quanitiy of yeast for brewing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Strong; powerful; hardy; bold; audacious.
  • intransitive v. To rise in clouds, as dust.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Great; large; strong; mighty.
  • Stiff; hard; harsh.
  • Austere; harsh; severe; violent; turbulent: said of persons or their words or actions.
  • Harsh; deep-toned.
  • To move; stir.
  • To move actively; keep stirring.
  • To rise up in clouds, as smoke, dust, etc.
  • To stir up, as liquor.
  • Hence To pour; especially, to pour leisurely out of any vessel held high.
  • To sprinkle.
  • n. Stir; bustle; agitation; contention.
  • n. Dust in motion; hence, also, dust at rest.
  • n. A gush of water.
  • n. Spray.
  • n. A sufficient quantity of yeast for brewing.
  • n. A Middle English form of store.

Etymologies

From Middle English stoor, stour ("large, powerful"), from Old English stōr ("large, great, strong, violent"), from Proto-Germanic *stōraz, *stōrijaz (“great, big, strong”), from Proto-Indo-European *stār-, *stōr- (“big, thick, old”). Akin to Scots stour ("tall, large, great, stout"), Eastern Frisian stor ("great, many"), Low German stur ("large"), Danish and Swedish stor ("large, great"), Icelandic stór ("large, tall"), Polish stary ("old, ancient"). Compare also steer. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English storen, *sturien, from Old English *storian, variant of styrian ("to stir, move"), from Proto-Germanic *sturōnan (“to turn, disturb”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)twer-, *(s)tur- (“to rotate, twirl, swirl, move”). Cognate with Dutch storen ("to disturb"), Middle Low German stören ("to stir"), German stören ("to disturb"), German dialectal sturen ("to poke, root"). Non-Germanic cognate include Albanian shtir ("to ford, wade across"). See stir. (Wiktionary)

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  • Scots - dust.

    December 19, 2007