from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Exciting strong feelings, as of inspiration; rousing. synonym: moving.
  • adjective Archaic Active; lively.
  • noun A slight motion or moving about.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Movement; motion; activity; effort; the act of moving or setting in motion.
  • noun Temptation.
  • noun In agriculture, the second tilth or fallow.
  • noun Riot; commotion.
  • Being in active motion; characterized by stir or activity; active; bustling; lively; vivacious; brisk: as, a stirring life; stirring times.
  • Animating; rousing; awakening; stimulating; exciting; inspiriting: as, a stirring oration; a stirring march.
  • Fickle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Putting in motion, or being in motion; active; active in business; habitually employed in some kind of business; accustomed to a busy life.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective invigorating or inspiring
  • verb Present participle of stir.
  • noun An occasion on which something stirs or is stirred

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

  • adjective exciting strong but not unpleasant emotions
  • noun agitating a liquid with an implement
  • noun arousing to a particular emotion or action
  • adjective capable of arousing enthusiasm or excitement


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