gy·​ra·​tion jī-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce gyration (audio)
: an act or instance of gyrating
: something (such as a coil of a shell) that is gyrate
gyrational adjective

Examples of gyration in a Sentence

dizzy from the spirally gyrations of the roller coaster
Recent Examples on the Web So maybe People was entranced by Cillian Murphy’s sad, piercing eyes in Oppenheimer or Austin Butler’s gyrations in Elvis. Vulture, 7 Nov. 2023 Biden’s gyrations on immigration have been a hallmark of his administration and his earlier political history. Michael Smolens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Oct. 2023 Holding bond funds for shorter periods than that opens you to the risk of further, short-term gyrations in your fund’s value, without sufficient time for recovery. Jeff Sommer, New York Times, 13 Oct. 2023 Its recent gyrations are no more indicative of China’s overall economic well-being than was its long stagnation. Pankaj Ghemawat, Foreign Affairs, 16 Feb. 2016 The piercing recoil of the board calls on spectators and competitors eagerly anticipating his mid-air pirouettes and gyrations. Sam Cohn, Baltimore Sun, 17 July 2023 For most of the last six years, the leaders of Russia and Saudi Arabia worked with each other to control the global oil market during times of war, pandemic and dizzying price gyrations. Anatoly Kurmanaev, New York Times, 7 June 2023 Extended maintenance on Norwegian gas pipelines is one reason for the gyrations. WSJ, 16 June 2023 But the sudden collapse of famed crypto firm FTX has fueled a growing skepticism of the technology, and investors have lost millions amid market gyrations this year. Diti Kohli,, 1 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gyration was in 1615

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Cite this Entry

“Gyration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


gy·​ra·​tion jī-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce gyration (audio)
: the pattern of convolutions of the brain

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