from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The soft vibrant sound made by a cat.
- n. A sound similar to that made by a cat: the purr of an engine.
- intransitive v. To make or utter a soft vibrant sound: The cat purred. The sewing machine purred.
- transitive v. To express by a soft vibrant sound.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Of a cat, to make a vibrating sound in its throat when contented.
- v. To say (something) in a throaty, seductive manner.
- v. To make a vibrating throaty sound, as from pleasure.
- v. To make a low and consistent rumbling sound.
- n. The vibrating sound made by a cat in its throat when contented.
- n. A throaty, seductive sound of pleasure made by a person.
- n. The low consistent rumble made by an engine at slow speed
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The low murmuring sound made by a cat; pur. See pur.
- v. To murmur as a cat. See pur.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To utter a low murmuring sound expressive of satisfaction or pleasure, as a cat.
- To express or signify by purring.
- n. The sound made by a cat in purring.
- n. See pur.
- n. A sandpiper, Tringa alpina, commonly called dunlin.
- n. A bivalve of the family Veneridæ, Tapes decussata.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. indicate pleasure by purring; characteristic of cats
- v. make a soft swishing sound
- n. a low vibrating sound typical of a contented cat
* purr purr* Sounded like a cement machine with all his purring.
A lion's purr is quite something, and for a moment Charlie so enjoyed the heavy, rhythmic reverberations through his feet that he didn't want to move.
That rumbling sound that we call a purr is clearly meant to be communication, since cats only purr in the company of living things, such as other cats, people, and other pets.
When your presence makes your cat purr, that is love.
RK was purring, but woven into the purr was a thin stream of growly whine.
All they could do was cluck and purr, which is what they did for 15 solid minutes right in front of me.
His comment drew a top "purr" in the "Purrs & Grrs" column of "Animal Times," the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals magazine.
Then he laughs and it sounds like a kind of purr in my ear which makes me groan a little, involuntarily, knowing that we don't even know each other but he's generous enough to share a laugh, to let me see that far into him.
She is easily picked up and has become the "purr" ing queen.
For a time he heard them in the dusk, and when he called they would even hover about him, uttering a low kind of purr but keeping carefully out of his reach.