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Definition of whir verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

whir

 verb
(also whirr) verb
BrE BrE//wɜː(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//wɜːr//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they whir
BrE BrE//wɜː(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//wɜːr//
 
he / she / it whirs
BrE BrE//wɜːz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//wɜːrz//
 
past simple whirred
BrE BrE//wɜːd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//wɜːrd//
 
past participle whirred
BrE BrE//wɜːd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//wɜːrd//
 
-ing form whirring
BrE BrE//ˈwɜːrɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɜːrɪŋ//
 
 
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(whirring, whirred) [intransitive] to make a continuous low sound like the parts of a machine moving The clock began to whir before striking the hour. Three large fans whirred overhead in the afternoon heat. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘move with a whirring sound’): probably of Scandinavian origin; compare with whirl.
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