gy·​ra·​tion | \ jī-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce gyration (audio) \

Definition of gyration

1 : an act or instance of gyrating
2 : something (such as a coil of a shell) that is gyrate

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Other Words from gyration

gyrational \ jī-​ˈrā-​shnəl How to pronounce gyrational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of gyration in a Sentence

dizzy from the spirally gyrations of the roller coaster

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While the Dow and S&P's daily gyrations steal the headlines, bonds are Wall Street's sleeping giant. CNN, "The bond market may be signaling something worse than a recession: Distrust in America," 4 June 2019 Consumer sentiment in the U.S. slid to its lowest level in more than two years in January, due in part to the partial government shutdown and economic uncertainty following gyrations across financial markets in the final months of 2018. Jessica Menton, WSJ, "Earnings Season to Offer Next Test for Retail Stocks," 15 Feb. 2019 Investors can sometimes overreact to a quarterly slump, but stock gyrations are likely to be larger if reporting is less frequent. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Trump and Quarterly Capitalism," 22 Aug. 2018 The company forecasts a 3 billion-kronor ($331 million) hit to its earnings this year because of higher raw material costs, tariffs and currency gyrations, and expects a similar effect in 2019. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "Sweden’s Electrolux Prepared to Raise Prices Further," 16 Nov. 2018 The only clear message of that era, and one that can be applied today, is that to navigate market upheaval, investors have to stick to their plan rather than react to wild gyrations and scary headlines. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Stock-Market Standoff: Apple Warning vs. the Jobs Report," 4 Jan. 2019 Have the stock market’s recent gyrations been the right amount of volatility for banks or too much? Aaron Back, WSJ, "Why Investors Are Too Negative on Banks," 29 Mar. 2018 The gyrations among retailers came even as data showed that consumer spending picked up in October. Riva Gold, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks Close Higher Following Tech Rebound," 15 Nov. 2018 Read hysterical stories on Italy’s political gyrations and supposedly catastrophic debt. Ken Fisher, USA TODAY, "Investors: Why you shouldn't worry that rates will rise," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of gyration

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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gy·​ra·​tion | \ jī-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce gyration (audio) \

Medical Definition of gyration

: the pattern of convolutions of the brain

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