whirr :

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  • n  sound of something in rapid motion
  • v  make a soft swishing sound
    the motor whirred
  • v  make a vibrant sound, as of some birds

  • Here's how it works: 1) a semi-obscure black figure says something outrageous or anti-Semitic; 2) pundits pontificate, word processors whirr; 3) one by one, black leaders are .
  • When he came back from long trips, when his helicopter landed on the White House lawn, the sound and whirr of the engine and blades would make our offices shake.
  • Another sobriquet was the Stalker, inspired by her steadfast rush toward the presidential helicopter whenever its whirr announced a landing.

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