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[v. jahy-reyt, jahy-reyt; adj. jahy-reyt] /v. ˈdʒaɪ reɪt, dʒaɪˈreɪt; adj. ˈdʒaɪ reɪt/
verb (used without object), gyrated, gyrating.
to move in a circle or spiral, or around a fixed point; whirl.
Zoology. having convolutions.
Origin of gyrate
1820-30; < Latin gȳrātus (past participle of gȳrāre to turn around). See gyr-, -ate1
Related forms
gyrator, noun
multigyrate, adjective
pseudogyrate, adjective
ungyrating, adjective
1. spin, twirl, revolve, swirl, pirouette. Unabridged
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  • 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.
  • Onboard computers failed several times during that year, at times causing the station to gyrate out of control.
  • Hundreds of musicians stomp and gyrate, but not enough of the collegiate musicians' discipline has rubbed off on the filmmakers.
  • Markets continued to gyrate amid fears of a euro-zone meltdown and rumours of a political solution.
  • Set to a soundtrack that swerves from punk to hip-hop to disco to silence, a dozen dancers vamp and pose and gyrate.
  • Oil prices will remain high and gyrate widely over the next few months.
  • When threatened, many species rapidly gyrate in the web and become an almost invisible blur.
British Dictionary definitions for gyrate


verb (dʒɪˈreɪt; dʒaɪ-)
(intransitive) to rotate or spiral, esp about a fixed point or axis
adjective (ˈdʒaɪrɪt; -reɪt)
(biology) curved or coiled into a circle; circinate
Derived Forms
gyratory (ˈdʒaɪrətərɪ; -trɪ; dʒaɪˈreɪtərɪ) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Late Latin gӯrāre, from Latin gӯrus circle, from Greek guros
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Word Origin and History for gyrate

1822 (implied in gyrated), back-formation from gyration. Related: Gyrated; gyrating.

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gyrate in Medicine

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.

In rings; coiled or convoluted.
gy·ra'tion n.
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