from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Moving about; being in motion.
  • adj. Having gotten out of bed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. In motion; characterized by motion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Stirring; in a state of activity or motion; out of bed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • On the stir; on the move; stirring; active.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. on the move
  • adj. out of bed


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  • * The pages were outlined by a thick black border and included a three-page biography that opened, Martin Luther King Jr. is like the great Yggdrasil tree, ‘whose roots,’ a poet said, ‘are deep in earth but in whose upper branches the stars of heaven are glowing and astir.’

    Burial for a King

  • A bigger surprise by far is that similar speculation is astir in Japan.

    Japan's Shutdown About Nothing

  • By contrast, the world renowned architect Frank Gehry has set Washington astir by designing a memorial for Dwight D.

    It's History (Believe It or Not)

  • It dulled them to a stupor, the feeling of intense thought with not one astir.

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  • So looked they at each other, the horses bounding beneath them, the spring of the world and the spring of their youth astir in their blood, the secret of being trembling in their eyes to the brink of disclosure, as if about to dispel, with one magic word, all the irks and riddles of existence.

    Jack London's Story - Moon Face: Planchette pg 3 of 3

  • Back, now some 40 years ago the "revolution of 1968," the streets of Paris were astir with the mass demonstrations of first students, then citizens from all walks of life, marching against a government perceived as unresponsive to its citizenry.

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  • And the international community would be empowered to at least officially recognize that something wicked is astir in Syria.

    Michael Hughes: UN Fiddles While Syria Burns

  • But, assuming they're even implemented, these reforms won't amount to much if they aren't backed up by much broader and deeper liberalization to set animal spirits astir.

    Malaysia's Growth Muddle

  • Children were already astir, laughing and playing among the flowers or being called in to breakfast by their mothers.


  • Foot-sore, way-worn, half-starved looking men they were, as they tried to steal into town in the early dawn, before people were astir, or in the dusk of the evening.

    Mary Barton


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  • Rumble, rumble, rumble, goes the gloomy 'L'

    And the street car rattles as well,

    Motor-trucks wheeze and limousines purr,

    Everything is noisy - all the world's astir!

    Bang-whirr, bang-whirr, we'll all join too,

    The pavement may be dirty, but the sky's clean blue!

    - John Farrar, 'Roller Skates'.

    November 4, 2008