- to go, fly, revolve, or otherwise move quickly with a humming or buzzing sound: An electric fan whirred softly in the corner.
- to move or transport (a thing, person, etc.) with a whirring sound: The plane whirred them away into the night.
- an act or sound of whirring: the whir of wings.
Origin of whir
Examples from the Web for whirring
Contemporary Examples of whirring
Then out of the mist, a whirring of helicopter blades, and, deus ex machina, a man descends fromt he chopper to winch you aboard.Girl Rescued by Prince William Speaks!
August 30, 2012
A vacation from life, I thought, pedaling in place in a row of whirring machines, how nice.Must Read New Fiction: ‘Arcadia,’ ‘Men in Space,’ ‘The O’Briens,’ ‘Hot Pink’
Chloë Schama, Jacob Silverman, Wendy Smith, Daniel Roberts
March 23, 2012
Historical Examples of whirring
Even as they watched the gun moved on its swivel base, whirring underneath.The Gun
Philip K. Dick
Soon the great wheel was whirring in every New England house.Home Life in Colonial Days
Alice Morse Earle
Grasshoppers were whirring around, among the dried trunks and the grass.Pluck on the Long Trail
Edwin L. Sabin
They deemed me an intruder, and rose on whirring wing at my approach.The Quadroon
And his wings, why they are whirring so quickly that you cannot see but can only hear them!Two Gallant Sons of Devon
- a prolonged soft swish or buzz, as of a motor working or wings flapping
- a bustle or rush
- to make or cause to make a whir
Word Origin for whir
c.1400, Scottish, "fling, hurl," probably from Old Norse hvirfla, frequentative of hverfa "to turn" (see wharf). Cf. Danish hvirvle, Dutch wervelen, German wirbeln "to whirl." Related: Whirred; whirring.