to place into brisk or vigorous action to go with life and vigor frequently using the reciprocal pronoun
- become active
- to place into quick or energetic action; to go with life and vigor; -- generally aided by the reciprocal pronoun.
Old English bestyrian "to heap up," from be- + blend. Relevant: Bestirred; bestirring.
(v. t.) To place into brisk or vigorous activity; to move with life and vigor; -- typically using the mutual pronoun.
If Stubb even, who is but a peg higher than Flask, happens to have but a small appetite, and soon shows symptoms of concluding his repast, then Flask must bestir himself, he will not get more than three mouthfuls that day; for it is against holy usage for Stubb to precede Flask to the deck.