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gyre

play
noun \ˈjī(-ə)r\

Definition of gyre

  1. :  a circular or spiral motion or form; especially :  a giant circular oceanic surface current

gyral

play \ˈjī-rəl\ adjective


Did You Know?

William Butler Yeats opens his 1920 poem, "The Second Coming," with the following lines: "Turning and turning in the widening gyre / The falcon cannot hear the falconer; / Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; / Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world…." Often found in poetic or literary contexts as an alternative to the more familiar "circle" or "spiral," "gyre" comes via the Latin gyrus from the Greek gyros, meaning "ring" or "circle." Today, "gyre" is most frequently encountered as an oceanographic term that refers to vast circular systems of ocean currents, such as the North Atlantic Gyre, a system of currents circling clockwise between Europe, Africa, and the Americas. "Gyre" is also sometimes used of more localized vortices such as those produced by whirlpools or tornados.

Origin and Etymology of gyre

Latin gyrus, from Greek gyros


First Known Use: 1566

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gyre

verb

Definition of gyre

gyred

gyring

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to move in a circle or spiral



Origin and Etymology of gyre

Late Latin gyrare, from Latin gyrus


First Known Use: 1593

Rhymes with gyre


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