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

August was marked by some of the wildest price swings of 2019 as markets gyrated on every apparent bust-up and breakthrough in the U.S.-China trade showdown. Washington Post, "U.S. stocks end four-week losing streak as trade tension eases," 31 Aug. 2019 And what happens on Monday is anybody’s guess, as stock futures gyrated wildly before the market opened on competing tweets from Trump and Chinese officials about the state of trade talks. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "How Tech Business Interests and Politics Could Clash in India—Data Sheet," 26 Aug. 2019 As markets gyrate, talk in the press (including this very column) turns to the risk of a slump. The Economist, "The onset of a downturn is as much a matter of mood as of money," 20 Aug. 2019 Investor confidence has taken a hit, as the trade war between the US and China causes global markets to gyrate. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "Small-business owners have no fear of a US recession, according to one online lender," 10 Sep. 2019 Trump’s scorn was emblematic of his unorthodox approach to trade policy, which has sent financial markets gyrating and sparked fears of a national recession. Mike Rogoway, oregonlive, "An Oregon recession? Unconventional trade war casts a shadow," 31 Aug. 2019 An offense does not have time to line up, gyrate through all this, then change the play and do it all again. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "An Early Glimpse Into the Rodgers-LaFleur Marriage in Green Bay," 4 Sep. 2019 On the campaign trail this past week, Democratic candidates blasted Mr. Trump for his economic stewardship, criticizing his gyrating trade policy and accusing him of hurting American workers and farmers and stoking a possible recession. New York Times, "Trade Turmoil Gives Democrats an Opening to Hit Trump on Economy," 24 Aug. 2019 In the tense moments leading up to the abort, cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and station commander Alexey Ovchinin, monitoring the approach from inside the station's aft Zvezda module, lost sight of the gyrating Soyuz in their television monitors. William Harwood, CBS News, "Unpiloted Soyuz spacecraft aborts space station docking," 24 Aug. 2019

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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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