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

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Before, gyrations in the market were presumed not to impact the finances or behavior of many Americans, but now that more Americans own stock, what happens to the stock market can have a real influence on the economy. Allison Schrager, Quartz, "Americans own more stock than ever—how will it change the economy?," 5 Sep. 2019 For many millennials, the recent stock market gyrations have been a painful lesson in volatility that is being driven by fears that inflation and interest rates could rise faster than expected. Tiffany Hsu, New York Times, "For Millennial Investors, a Harsh Lesson in Market Gyrations," 7 Feb. 2018 Meanwhile, the move to shift $271 million allocated for disaster aid efforts and other initiatives to immigrant detention centers and border enforcement is perhaps the least surprising of Trump’s gyrations last week. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Another Trump whirlwind week on immigration and the border," 1 Sep. 2019 Over a period of days, the president engaged in a series of striking policy gyrations and a stream of provocative commentary. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, "Ex-Rep. Joe Walsh to challenge Trump in 2020 GOP primary," 25 Aug. 2019 Despite gyrations on Wall Street this week and an associated rise in recession fears, Donald Trump is still ballyhooing the state of the U.S. economy. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "No Wonder the Economy Has Trump Spooked," 16 Aug. 2019 Global output, as reflected in measures of purchasing managers’ activity, bounced along with market gyrations, sinking in 2015 and lurching upward in 2017 before falling this year to levels not seen since the depths of the euro-area crisis. The Economist, "The global economy is on a knife-edge," 27 June 2019 Wednesday’s gyrations came after a private gauge of China’s manufacturing showed the sector contracted in December for the first time since May 2017. Mike Bird, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks Inch Higher in Wobbly Start to the Year," 2 Jan. 2019 But the video message and Tuesday's comments made no specific reference to the recent wild market gyrations. Martin Crutsinger, USA TODAY, "New Federal Reserve chair Powell pledges to remain alert to emerging stability risks," 13 Feb. 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 How to pronounce gyration (audio) \

Medical Definition of gyration

: the pattern of convolutions of the brain

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