circumgyration

noun

cir·​cum·​gyration
plural -s
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: 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

Word History

Etymology

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

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“Circumgyration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/circumgyration. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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