gyration

[jahy-rey-shuhn]
noun
the act of gyrating; circular or spiral motion; revolution; rotation; whirling.

Origin:
1605–15; < Late Latin gȳrātiōn- (stem of gȳrātiō). See gyrate, -ion

gyrational, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To gyrations
Collins
World English Dictionary
gyration (dʒaɪˈreɪʃən)
 
n
1.  the act or process of gyrating; rotation
2.  any one of the whorls of a spiral-shaped shell

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

gyration
1615, from L.L. gyratum, pp. of gyrare, from L. gyrus "circle" (see gyre). Gyrate (v.) is an 1822 back-formation (implied in gyrated).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
Between the two of them they could power a small-sized city with their
  gyrations.
Half an hour after the market closed, the reason for these gyrations became
  evident.
Given the economy's gyrations in the past, to be forewarned is to be well-armed.
He doesn't dance, he doesn't gloat, he doesn't slam the ball to the turf or do
  gyrations.
Related Searches
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature