circumgyration

noun cir·cum·gyration

Definition of circumgyration

plural -s
2 :movement in a circular course
  • Aristotle's view that all the heavenly bodies … move in circular orbits in which each circumgyration is an exact repetition of every one that has preceded it
  • —A. J. Toynbee

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Origin and Etymology of circumgyration

Late Latin circumgyratus (past participle of circumgyrare to turn around, from Latin circum- + gyrare to turn) + English -ion


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