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Birr \Birr\, n.

  1. A whirring sound, as of a spinning wheel.

  2. A rush or impetus; force.


Birr \Birr\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Birred; p. pr. & vb. n. Birring.] [Cf. OE. bur, bir, wind, storm wind, fr. Icel. byrr wind. Perh. imitative.] To make, or move with, a whirring noise, as of wheels in motion.


Etymology 1 n. 1 force, vigor, energy 2 a strong wind. 3 the force of the wind; rush, impetus, momentum, driving force 4 a thrust or push 5 a whirring noise vb. To make a whirring noise; make a noise like that of revolving wheels, or of millstones at work. Etymology 2

n. The currency of Ethiopia, divided into 100 santims

  1. n. the basic unit of money in Ethiopia; equal to 100 cents

  2. sound of something in rapid motion; "whir of a bird's wings"; "the whir of the propellers" [syn: whir, whirr, whirring]

  3. v. make a soft swishing sound; "the motor whirred"; "the car engine purred" [syn: whizz, whiz, whirr, whir, purr]


Birr may refer to:

Birr (UK Parliament constituency)

Birr, a division of King's County, was a UK Parliament constituency in Ireland, returning one Member of Parliament 1885–1918.

Prior to the United Kingdom general election, 1885 and after the dissolution of Parliament in 1918 the area was part of the King's County constituency.

Usage examples of "birr".

While Ormand was concluding his story, X saw that Birr, the secretary, had again slipped from the room.

The Agent turned quietly and reentered the hall, to catch Birr just as the latter was again lifting the phone.

Nelson Birr had his gun out and would have fired at the careening car had not X checked him.

How Nelson Birr, private secretary of Aaron Malthus, could afford to belong to a club was a mystery to Agent X.

Nelson Birr concluded his meal at approximately the same time that X and McAdam finished theirs.

He nodded across the room to where Nelson Birr was idly toying with cards at a lonely table.

In a small reading room off the card room, X took out the slip of paper Birr had dropped and looked at it.

He again saw Nelson Birr, mysterious, cagey, armed and ready to shoot.

Once Birr had taken the drug, it would be an easy matter for X to get him to his crime laboratory.

THE AGENT entered the card room and proceeded at once to the table where Nelson Birr sat.

The small room where X had suggested that Birr learn the game was actually an alcove near a small stage which the club sometimes used for entertainment purposes.

X knew that if he was to spirit Birr out of the club now, he would have to be a magician.

No one had noted it before, but the spotlight, the only illumination in the room, was directed at the table where X and Birr had been seated.

He had picked a spot in the murder puzzle where Nelson Birr seemed to fit perfectly.

Yet Birr was dead, and Agent X was at a loss as to how that death could be explained.