from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To move so as to produce a vibrating or buzzing sound.
- transitive v. To cause to make a vibratory sound.
- n. A sound of buzzing or vibration: the whir of turning wheels.
- n. Excited, noisy activity; bustle: the whir of busy shoppers.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Alternative spelling of whirr.
- v. Alternative spelling of whirr.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To whirl round, or revolve, with a whizzing noise; to fly or more quickly with a buzzing or whizzing sound; to whiz.
- transitive v. To hurry a long with a whizzing sound.
- n. A buzzing or whizzing sound produced by rapid or whirling motion
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To fly, dart, revolve, or otherwise move quickly with a whizzing or buzzing sound; whizz.
- To hurry away with a whizzing sound.
- n. The buzzing or whirring sound made by a quickly revolving wheel, a partridge's wings, etc.
- n. A turn; commotion.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make a soft swishing sound
- n. sound of something in rapid motion
Middle English whirren, probably of Scandinavian origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)