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.

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  • 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.

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  • v. bake (eggs) in their shells until they are set


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

Origin unknown.

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