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 gyration (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of gyration in a Sentence

dizzy from the spirally gyrations of the roller coaster
Recent Examples on the Web The false claim caused stock price gyrations, and investors short and long said they were harmed. Russ Mitchellstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Musk caps a strange week by suggesting Tesla’s stock price should fall. So it did," 2 May 2020 The unprecedented gyrations caused by the virus matter because 90% of all trade moves by sea and China has grown into the maritime industry’s main source of cargoes. Alex Longley,, "Ships Are Skipping China and It’s Causing Turmoil for Trade," 29 Apr. 2020 In the three years since, Mr. Trump has obsessed over the daily gyrations of the stock market like no president before him. Matt Phillips, New York Times, "Stock Market’s Gain Under Trump Vanishes," 20 Mar. 2020 Trump has felt an obligation to encourage Americans to remain optimistic, said White House aides speaking on the condition of anonymity, but that effort has been complicated by the daily gyrations on Wall Street including Monday's major selloff. John Fritze, USA TODAY, ""'How bad is this?' It's bad." Trump shows more somber tone as pandemic worsens, crisis hits economy," 19 Mar. 2020 The government bond market was thrown into turmoil Monday, along with wild gyrations in stocks, adding to investors’ heartburn. NBC News, "Treasury yields are tanking — what does that mean for your savings?," 9 Mar. 2020 Economies where foreigners hold a higher proportion of domestic assets -- including in many emerging markets -- are particularly vulnerable to gyrations in sentiment, such as during the financial crisis or last year’s market meltdown. Washington Post, "What’s a Current Account Deficit and Who’s Worried?," 26 Feb. 2019 Changes in the heated blob of water working underneath the MJO’s atmospheric gyrations are hard to track. John Fialka, Scientific American, "A Climate Fluctuation That Could Improve Forecasts Remains a Mystery," 31 Mar. 2020 The tumbles over the last two weeks have little to do with the pro-democracy demonstrations that have subsumed Hong Kong for five months and sometimes caused gyrations in the local market. Alexandra Stevenson, New York Times, "Plunge in 3 Hong Kong Stocks Offers a Cautionary Tale," 1 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of gyration

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of gyration was in 1615

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“Gyration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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