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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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Examples from the web for gyrating
  • But in what can be the wildly gyrating final seconds of a helicopter crash, that is much harder to achieve.
  • But in what can be the wildly gyrating final seconds of a helicopter crash, that is harder to achieve.
  • One band performed accompanied by dozens of gyrating midgets.
  • Louie hung there, gyrating in the water and flailing his arms and legs, as the sharks snapped at him and the bullets came down.
  • Pulsating music animates the gyrating bodies at this waterfront locale.
  • Big snows, thundery downpours, gyrating temps to accompany.
  • But fans of gyrating hips will not encounter glittery bras or excessively exposed skin.
British Dictionary definitions for gyrating


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 gyrating



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

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gyrating 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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