gyrate

adjective
gy·​rate | \ˈjī-ˌrāt \

Definition of gyrate 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: winding or coiled around : convoluted gyrate branches of a tree

gyrate

verb
gyrated; gyrating

Definition of gyrate (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to revolve around a point or axis

2 : to oscillate with or as if with a circular or spiral motion

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Other Words from gyrate

Verb

gyrator \ ˈjī-​ˌrā-​tər \ noun
gyratory \ ˈjī-​rə-​ˌtȯr-​ē \ 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

That portion wiggles wildly as inflation expectations gyrate. Ken Fisher, USA TODAY, "Investors: Why you shouldn't worry that rates will rise," 10 June 2018 The baby boomers were retiring, the markets were gyrating, companies were trying to get out of the pension business, and state and local pension plans were struggling. Mary Williams Walsh, BostonGlobe.com, "Jeremy Gold, 75, actuary who warned of pension crisis," 14 July 2018 After weeks of watching stocks gyrate on rising and falling trade tensions, investors may be growing dangerously numb to trade fears. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "How to Navigate the Tumult on Trade," 23 May 2018 Stocks have been gyrating on trade news, with Japan’s benchmark index rising 2.65% Tuesday on signs that the worst scenario of a trade war might be avoided. Rhiannon Hoyle, WSJ, "U.S.-China Trade-War Crossfire Threatens Asia," 27 Mar. 2018 Their clients wanted slow, steady funding schedules that would pay for their workers’ benefits over the years without gyrating every time the markets soured or interest rates spiked. Mary Williams Walsh, BostonGlobe.com, "Jeremy Gold, 75, actuary who warned of pension crisis," 14 July 2018 When Croatia beat Russia on July 7th its president gyrated for joy in front of Dmitry Medvedev, Russia’s prime minister. The Economist, "Croatia stands on the cusp of World Cup victory," 13 July 2018 With hips gyrating, a dozen women sporting scarlet bodysuit and pumps joined in, as ALN sang. Bianca Alysse, Billboard, "A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Bad Bunny & Jaden Smith Dazzle at Soulfrito Fest 2018 in NY," 10 June 2018 Standing behind the bar, watching the dancers gyrate, Flynt heard gripes about girlfriends and wives, bosses and politicians. Cincinnati Enquirer, "Read more from this Project," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of gyrate

Adjective

1830, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of gyrate was in 1830

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More Definitions for gyrate

gyrate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of gyrate

: to move back and forth with a circular motion

gyrate

verb
gy·​rate | \ˈjī-ˌrāt \
gyrated; gyrating

Kids Definition of gyrate

: to move back and forth with a circular motion The child made the top gyrate.

Other Words from gyrate

gyration \ jī-​ˈrā-​shən \ noun

gyrate

adjective
gy·​rate | \ˈjī-ˌrāt \

Medical Definition of gyrate 

: winding or coiled around : convoluted

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