from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Two or more rows of gathers used to decorate parts of garments, usually the sleeves, bodice and yoke.
  • v. Present participle of shirr.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Decorative needlework done by gathering the stuff in very small gathers, and holding it at more than one point, either by stitching, or by cords which pass through it and gather it more or less closely at pleasure.
  • n. Manufactured webbing, and the like, in which an elastic cord or thread gives the effect described above. Also called elastic.

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

  • n. baking shelled eggs


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  • Slim trouble zones with great details such as shirring, draping and mesh inserts.

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  • But now, fast-fashion retailers such as Forever 21, Zara, H&M and Topshop have mastered the art of churning out colorful fashion tops with embellishments that go far beyond basic—shirring, ruching, sequins, ruffles, embroidery and flutter sleeves.

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  •   The photographers snapped some shots, tiny electric motors shirring quietly.

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  • Striking boldly away from the less-is-more approach of swimwear, Jantzen's new collection showcases old-fashioned yet figure-enhancing, flaw-concealing details and design elements from decades past: wide straps, low-cut leg openings, front shirring, ruffled skirts.

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  • Vyan drew his weapon, heartened at the shirring sound of eight more swords drawn behind him.

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  • These Fortuny tea gowns slip over the head with no opening but the neck, with its silk shirring cord by means of which it can be made high or low, at will; they come in black gold and the tones of old Venetian dyes.

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  • There was a tiny shirring noise and she tumbled through the fabric onto soft grass.

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  • The shirring was stressful – I did it by hand in the end.

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  • The attention to details ... the shirring, the draping and the utter GLAMOUR of the days gone by.

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  • In addition to all the comments about the long, lean lines of the 30's being exaggerated, I'd also add that lots of 30's dresses feature soft shirring and blousing for the tops and sleeves; I can get away with these because the extra volume on top balances my big hips.

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