gyrate

adjective
gy·​rate | \ ˈjī-ˌrāt How to pronounce gyrate (audio) \

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 How to pronounce gyrator (audio) \ noun
gyratory \ ˈjī-​rə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce gyratory (audio) \ 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

Alas, there are no gyrating Carnaval dancers in colorful costumes, but there are caipirinhas, which wear their lime and mint leaves rather resplendently, like headdresses. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Hocca, at the Florida Mall, is full of (hot, Brazilian) bologna | Review," 19 June 2019 Weeks after having his investment authority unceremoniously yanked away from him, Mobile County’s treasurer has gyrated back into the news thanks to homophobic comments online and media interviews. al.com, "Mobile County treasurer stands by ‘freaking queers’ remark," 18 June 2019 As the shock presses outward, the electrons inside gyrate around along magnetic field lines, and that motion produces a burst of radio waves. Quanta Magazine, "With a Second Repeating Radio Burst, Astronomers Close In on an Explanation," 28 Feb. 2019 With markets gyrating, unruffled serenity may become important again. Jason Zweig, WSJ, "When Your Neighbors Move In to Your Investment Portfolio," 7 Dec. 2018 Blame it on gyrating markets, extreme weather, and hyperpartisan politics. Stephen Wallis, Town & Country, "This Polar Bear Sofa Is Beloved By the Very Rich," 15 Apr. 2019 Oil prices gyrated, tumbling sharply in recent weeks after hitting multiyear highs in October. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks Rise to End Turbulent 2018," 31 Dec. 2018 From their perch at The Top of The Standard, the glittering crowd gyrated with the Manhattan skyline on jagged display around them. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Disco Was Not Dead at The Blonds’s After-Party," 13 Feb. 2019 As investors digested the earnings and guidance from Facebook officials, the stock price gyrated in after-hours trading. Deepa Seetharaman, WSJ, "Facebook Growth Slows as It Revamps," 30 Oct. 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 How to pronounce gyrate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce gyrate (audio) \

Medical Definition of gyrate

: winding or coiled around : convoluted

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