from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A whirring sound.
- n. Strong forward momentum; driving force.
- intransitive v. To make a whirring sound.
- n. See Table at currency.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. force, vigor, energy
- n. a strong wind.
- n. the force of the wind; rush, impetus, momentum, driving force
- n. a thrust or push
- n. a whirring noise
- n. a strong trilling pronunciation
- v. To make a whirring noise; make a noise like that of revolving wheels, or of millstones at work.
- n. The currency of Ethiopia, divided into 100 santims
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To make, or move with, a whirring noise, as of wheels in motion.
- n. A whirring sound, as of a spinning wheel.
- n. A rush or impetus; force.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A strong wind.
- n. The force of the wind; impetus; momentum.
- n. A thrust or push.
- n. Force; vigor; energy.
- To make a whirring noise; make a noise like that of revolving wheels, or of millstones at work.
- n. A whirring noise.
- n. Strong trilling pronunciation. See bur.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make a soft swishing sound
- n. sound of something in rapid motion
- n. the basic unit of money in Ethiopia; equal to 100 cents
Middle English bir, favorable wind, from Old Norse byrr; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.
Amharic bərr, from brr, to be white.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English bir ("favorable or strong wind; assault, blow strike, violence, fury; strength"), from Old English byre ("strong wind, storm"); cognate with Icelandic byrr ("sailing winds"), Albanian borë ("snow") and Latin borea ("North wind"). (Wiktionary)
From Amharic bir ("silver") (Wiktionary)