gyrate

[v. jahy-reyt, jahy-reyt; adj. jahy-reyt]
verb (used without object), gyrated, gyrating.
1.
to move in a circle or spiral, or around a fixed point; whirl.
adjective
2.
Zoology. having convolutions.

Origin:
1820–30; < Latin gȳrātus (past participle of gȳrāre to turn around). See gyr-, -ate1

gyrator, noun
multigyrate, adjective
pseudogyrate, adjective
ungyrating, adjective


1. spin, twirl, revolve, swirl, pirouette.
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gyrate
 
vb
1.  (intr) to rotate or spiral, esp about a fixed point or axis
 
adj
2.  biology curved or coiled into a circle; circinate
 
[C19: from Late Latin gӯrāre, from Latin gӯrus circle, from Greek guros]
 
gyratory
 
adj

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gyrate gy·rate (jī'rāt')
v. gy·rat·ed, gy·rat·ing, gy·rates

  1. To revolve around a fixed point or axis.

  2. To revolve in or as if in a circle or spiral.

adj.
In rings; coiled or convoluted.
gy·ra'tion n.
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Example sentences
Two polyester-clad cronies kibitz while mannequins gyrate in a storefront
  window in the background.
Early birds get the chairs, but many regulars prefer to gyrate through the
  shows.
Watch right as the dancing inmates clap and gyrate in unison to the popular
  song.
As the characters gyrate, animators pan virtual cameras and adjust digital
  lighting in sync with the music.
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