gyrate

1 of 2

adjective

gy·​rate ˈjī-ˌrāt How to pronounce gyrate (audio)
: winding or coiled around : convoluted
gyrate branches of a tree

gyrate

2 of 2

verb

gyrated; gyrating

intransitive verb

1
: to revolve around a point or axis
2
: to oscillate with or as if with a circular or spiral motion
gyrator noun
gyratory adjective

Examples of gyrate in a Sentence

Verb They gyrated to the music. the gyroscope got its name for the way the disk inside the instrument gyrates around an axis
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
With wires hooked to her hips, the Barranquilla hitmaker began to gyrate them in classic Shakira fashion. Isabela Raygoza, Billboard, 26 Mar. 2024 While Swift and Travis Kelce danced and hugged in one such clip, Jason Kelce was shown a few feet away, wildly gyrating next to a reveler in a marshmallow mask. David K. Li, NBC News, 4 Mar. 2024 The scene took two months to film, with a second unit needed to execute with gyrating platforms, grapple hooks and blowing desert sand (the whole scene was shot in the desert with sunlight; nothing was made on stage). Diego Ramos Bechara, Variety, 2 Mar. 2024 In one scene, Luchini sits on the throne in his floating castle and watches what looks like a giant, gyrating butt dance around to a three-piece jazz band. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Feb. 2024 On a recent Wednesday, a Chinese fire dancer gyrated to the drone of a didgeridoo, an Indigenous Australian instrument, in the courtyard of an Israeli musician’s home. Gilles Sabrié Vivian Wang, New York Times, 4 Feb. 2024 Usher gyrated across the stage alongside Keys just as Michael did with Tatiana Thumbzten in the iconic music video. Ime Ekpo, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 In cities across Iran men and women of all ages are gyrating their hips, swirling their arms in the air, and chanting the song’s catchy lines, according to videos posted on social media, television news channels like BBC Persian and Iranians interviewed. Leily Nikounazar, New York Times, 16 Dec. 2023 The stock gyrated premarket, jumping roughly 10% before handing back most of those gains. Anna Hirtenstein, WSJ, 15 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1830, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gyrate was in 1830

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Cite this Entry

“Gyrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gyrate. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

gyrate

verb
gy·​rate
ˈjī-ˌrāt
gyrated; gyrating
1
: to rotate around a point or axis
2
gyration
jī-ˈrā-shən
noun
gyrational
-shnəl
-shən-ᵊl
adjective

Medical Definition

gyrate

adjective
gy·​rate ˈjī-ˌrāt How to pronounce gyrate (audio)
: winding or coiled around : convoluted

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