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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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 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

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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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