Definition of whir :
1. A buzzing or whizzing sound produced by rapid or whirling motion; as, the whir of a partridge; the whir of a spinning wheel.
2. To hurry a long with a whizzing sound.
3. To whirl round, or revolve, with a whizzing noise; to fly or more quickly with a buzzing or whizzing sound; to whiz.
fizz, sounds, moan, chirr, babble, bumble, whizz along, grunt, cluck, putter, purr, growl, whirring, birr, make vibrant sounds, burr, groan, drone, churr, swish, hum, whirr, vibrate, gurgle, zoom, thrum, zoom along, whizz
sibilate (part of speech: verb)
sibilation (part of speech: noun)
- He was prepared for the whir of the dial now but still it frightened him a little. - "The Odyssey of Sam Meecham", Charles E. Fritch.
- The room was crowded with men and filled with a confused volume of sound as she spoke, the click and whir of the wheel, the monotonous voice of the student- turned gambler- calling Single O and the house wins. - "The Plunderer", Roy Norton.
- It was near to dawn when we came out upon the marsh; and above, I heard the whir and whimpering rush of wild ducks passing, the waking call of birds, twittering all around us in the darkness; the low undertone of the black water flowing to the Sacandaga. - "The Reckoning", Robert W. Chambers.