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
Recent Examples on the Web 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 Equity market gyrations, meanwhile, have gone through the roof: Several of the biggest one-day gains and losses on record took place this month, according to Bianco Research. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "Brokerage app signups soar as coronavirus causes stock market plunge," 29 Mar. 2020 Stock-market gyrations are considered a leading economic indicator — that is, something to watch for clues on where the economy might be heading. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Common-sense investing insights we forget during stock-market panics," 15 Mar. 2020 But in oil-producing countries whose governments depend almost completely on oil and gas exports, market gyrations have critical impact on people's lives, with potential for true chaos. Vivienne Walt, Fortune, "Coronavirus and a price war battered oil markets. But the real victims will be far from Wall Street," 11 Mar. 2020 Investing is full of uncertainties, as the gyrations of the past few months attest, and keeping costs low is one of the few things that investors have within their control. Stan Choe, USA TODAY, "Keeping what's yours: Managed fund investing has never been cheaper," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of gyration

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Gyration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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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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