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There was the whirr of an electric bell, and she knew that Anthony had come.

A rabbit or two scuttled away, and a pheasant flew off with a whirr.

One of his sounds or calls is like the buzz of a reel or the whirr of an alarm-clock.

The whirr of that arrow lived in Roger's mind the rest of his days.

But as she looked this way and that way, Iduna heard a whirr of wings above her.

As he was lifting it off the fire he heard a whirr of wings above his head.

For a moment I thought it was due to the whirr of our own wheels.

The buzzer's whirr triggered his muscles into complete relaxation.

The whirr of the rattle went on for a second or two, then gradually subsided.

The birds rose with a whirr—and then was repeated that horror of his youth.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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