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

 

whir

 noun
(also whirr) noun
BrE BrE//wɜː(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//wɜːr//
 
 
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(also whirring) [usually singular] a continuous low sound, for example the sound made by the regular movement of a machine or the wings of a bird the whir of a motor There was a whirring of machinery. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘move with a whirring sound’): probably of Scandinavian origin; compare with whirl.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: whir

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