gy·​ra·​tion | \jī-ˈrā-shən \

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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gyrational \ jī-​ˈrā-​shnəl , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of gyration in a Sentence

dizzy from the spirally gyrations of the roller coaster

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That reflects the gyrations of global oil prices and a brief slowdown in China. Greg Ip, WSJ, "Growth Hits 3%; Here’s Why It Is Not Yet Sustainable," 31 Oct. 2018 Kimball played off the mishap with a smile and the trio ended their Magic Mike-esque dance (complete with gyrations and smoldering stares into the camera), by standing under a shower on the stage and shaking their wet hair. Rose Minutaglio, Good Housekeeping, "Joe Amabile's 'Dancing With the Stars' Guest Jordan Kimball Suffered Hilarious Wardrobe Malfunction," 16 Oct. 2018 The gauge has surged by more than 20% five times already this year, sending the Cboe VIX of VIX index, which measures the gyrations of the VIX itself, to a record high during the quarter. Asjylyn Loder, WSJ, "Volatility Swings Reach New Milestone," 22 Mar. 2018 As such, it is heavily exposed to the kind of wild trade gyrations that Mr. Trump’s policies have generated. Michael Tackett, New York Times, "As Another Pence Runs for Congress, His Business Record Raises Questions," 22 Apr. 2018 Those factors change every year, as the past gyrations in insolvency projections make clear., "Medicare is not going broke," 25 June 2018 Amazon’s stock price, currently about $1,750 a share, would cause massive day-to-day gyrations in the Dow. Akane Otani, WSJ, "What About Amazon? Dow Industrials Dumping GE for Walgreens Reflects Index’s Dilemma," 20 June 2018 Read more: Draghi Hits Back at Mnuchin in Global Currency War of Words Stocks were virtually unchanged after erasing earlier gains as investors assessed the impact of the greenback’s gyrations on equities., "Trump Rallies Dollar as Stocks Wobble, Crude Falls: Markets Wrap," 25 Jan. 2018 Some say the current expectations for future volatility are too low, after the S&P 500’s gyrations this year. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, "Stock Market Returns to Calm After Epic Jump," 13 May 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 \

Medical Definition of gyration 

: the pattern of convolutions of the brain

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