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Synonyms for whirring

sound of something in rapid motion

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like the sound of rapidly vibrating wings

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Presently I heard the diminishing sound of whirring propellers and realized that again I was safe.
Gay farewells and parting admonitions mingled with the whirring of motors and the subdued noises of the city.
Gazing at the clouds, now far beneath, the girl experienced the sensation of hanging stationary in mid-heaven; but the whirring of her propellor, the wind beating upon her, the high figures that rose and fell beneath the glass of her speedometer, these told her that her speed was terrific.
As I dropped lower to have a better look at these people, they caught the whirring of my propellers and looked aloft.
It was not until a violent commotion and a whirring noise among the weights and ropes below him had quite subsided, that this terrified Haymaker became himself again.
Electric lights, whirring softly, shed a blurred radiance.
It seemed to come from the body of the automaton, and was unmistakably a whirring of wheels.
He came upon a valley where rock ptarmigan rose on whirring wings from the ledges and muskegs.
And when the dark-winged whirring grasshopper, perched on a green shoot, begins to sing of summer to men -- his food and drink is the dainty dew -- and all day long from dawn pours forth his voice in the deadliest heat, when Sirius scorches the flesh (then the beard grows upon the millet which men sow in summer), when the crude grapes which Dionysus gave to men -- a joy and a sorrow both -- begin to colour, in that season they fought and loud rose the clamour.
Whichever side you walk in the woods the partridge bursts away on whirring wings, jarring the snow from the dry leaves and twigs on high, which comes sifting down in the sunbeams like golden dust, for this brave bird is not to be scared by winter.
A whirring noise above his head caused Tarzan to glance apprehensively upward.
Waking or sleeping it was always with me, whirring and jarring across my heart-strings like an enormous rasp.
You have heard grasshoppers whirring in the grass in the summer time?
When the eagles of Napoleon Bonaparte, the Corsican upstart, were flying from Provence, where they had perched after a brief sojourn in Elba, and from steeple to steeple until they reached the towers of Notre Dame, I wonder whether the Imperial birds had any eye for a little corner of the parish of Bloomsbury, London, which you might have thought so quiet, that even the whirring and flapping of those mighty wings would pass unobserved there?
An abrupt, metallic, whirring noise of some nearby cricket gave Saxon another startle.