a) To make gathers in textiles by drawing together parallel threads.

But her favorite way to express their simplicity is to shirr them. Its an old-fashioned technique that essentially means baking an egg. In her version, the eggs in ramekins are simmered in seasoned cream that reduces slightly into a soft sauce.

b) To bake (a raw egg removed from its shell) in a baking dish.

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  • Shirr — Shirr, n. (Sewing) A series of close parallel runnings which are drawn up so as to make the material between them set full by gatherings; called also {shirring}, and {gauging}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shirr — to gather (cloth) on parallel threads, 1892, back formation from shirred (1847), from shirr (n.) elastic webbing, of unknown origin …   Etymology dictionary

  • shirr — shirr·er; shirr; …   English syllables

  • Shirr — An elastic cord inserted in fabrics or placed between two pieces of fabric (see Shirred fabrics) …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • shirr — ☆ shirr [shʉr ] n. [< ?] SHIRRING vt. 1. to make shirring in (cloth or a garment) 2. to bake (eggs) in small buttered dishes, often with crumbs, cheese, etc …   English World dictionary

  • shirr — [[t]ʃɜr[/t]] v. t. 1) clo to draw up or gather (cloth or the like) on three or more parallel threads 2) coo to bake (eggs removed from the shell), esp. in individual dishes 3) clo Also, shirr′ing. a shirred arrangement, as of cloth • Etymology:… …   From formal English to slang

  • shirr — transitive verb Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1891 1. to draw (as cloth) together in a shirring 2. to bake (eggs removed from the shell) until set …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • shirr — /sherr/, v.t. 1. to draw up or gather (cloth or the like) on three or more parallel threads. 2. to bake (eggs removed from the shell) in a shallow dish or in individual dishes. n. 3. Also, shirring. a shirred arrangement, as of cloth. [1840 50;… …   Universalium

  • shirr — Synonyms and related words: bake, barbecue, baste, blanch, boil, braise, brew, broil, brown, cocker, cockle, coddle, cook, corrugate, crease, crimp, crimple, crinkle, crumple, curry, devil, do, do to perfection, fire, fricassee, frizz, frizzle,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • shirr — ʃɜr /ʃɜː n. gathers created in a fabric by sewing parallel rows of running stitches v. create gathers in fabric by sewing parallel rows of running stitches …   English contemporary dictionary

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