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[jahy-rey-shuh n] /dʒaɪˈreɪ ʃən/
the act of gyrating; circular or spiral motion; revolution; rotation; whirling.
1605-15; < Late Latin gȳrātiōn- (stem of gȳrātiō). See gyrate, -ion
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gyrational, adjective Unabridged
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  • 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.
  • His spins were weak, and his footwork sequences relied more on pelvic gyrations, hip shimmying and posing than anything else.
  • Criminals are clearly sensitive to the gyrations of the global economy.
  • But the gas market suffering this particular price shock is largely unaffected by gyrations in oil price.
  • The dollar's gyrations have largely been against the euro, while its trade-weighted value has moved by much less.
  • Market gyrations can scramble rankings faster than they can be printed.
  • As well as the wild market gyrations, it was also the last day of the tax year.
British Dictionary definitions for gyrations


the act or process of gyrating; rotation
any one of the whorls of a spiral-shaped shell
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Word Origin and History for gyrations



1610s, noun of action from Late Latin gyratum, past participle of gyrare, from Latin gyrus "circle" (see gyre).

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