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 Some traders are using investments tied to the Cboe Volatility Index, or VIX, that offer protection if stocks gyrate for weeks after Election Day. Amrith Ramkumar And Julia-ambra Verlaine, WSJ, "Investors Ramp Up Bets on Market Turmoil Around Election," 27 Sep. 2020 But way below the media radar, at street level, politics can gyrate crazily from house to house and neighbor to neighbor. David Tarrant, Dallas News, "Trump or Biden: Dallas-area neighbors face off over political signs," 25 Sep. 2020 Political pressure, the gyrating stock market and public opinion all play a role. Fox News, "Trump’s reversals, under media pressure, lead to tougher stance on virus," 31 Mar. 2020 Panic is everywhere as collapsed stock markets continue to gyrate daily, with no end in sight. David Blanchflower, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Economics: ‘Much Worse, Very Quickly’," 26 Mar. 2020 Trump’s favorability polls, while gyrating widely, were roughly equivalent to those of his Democratic predecessors at a similar time in their presidencies. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The 2018 Blue Wave That Wasn’t, Really," 17 Mar. 2020 Even as markets gyrate, however, the key for investors is to stay calm and focus on their long-term goals, such as saving for retirement, Dan Keady, chief financial planning strategist at financial services firm TIAA, told CBS MoneyWatch. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "The 11-year bull market is ending. Here's what a bear market means," 11 Mar. 2020 Since March 23rd, the U.S. stock market has risen by almost thirty per cent, gaining back more than half of its previous losses, and bond markets, which had been gyrating wildly before the Fed stepped in, have stabilized. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "The Man with the U.S. Economy (and Trump’s Reëlection Chances) in His Hands," 28 Apr. 2020 But the market is gyrating for more than just that reason. Chris Taylor, Fortune, "5 rules to guide your investing decisions during the coronavirus pandemic," 8 Apr. 2020

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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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“Gyrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gyrate. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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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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