gyrate

adjective
gy·​rate | \ ˈjī-ˌrāt How to pronounce gyrate (audio) \

Definition of gyrate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: winding or coiled around : convoluted gyrate branches of a tree

gyrate

verb
gyrated; gyrating

Definition of gyrate (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to revolve around a point or axis
2 : to oscillate with or as if with a circular or spiral motion

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Verb

gyrator \ ˈjī-​ˌrā-​tər How to pronounce gyrator (audio) \ noun
gyratory \ ˈjī-​rə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce gyratory (audio) \ adjective

Examples of gyrate in a Sentence

Verb They gyrated to the music. the gyroscope got its name for the way the disk inside the instrument gyrates around an axis
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Yes, stocks crashed on Monday and were still gyrating wildly midweek. Ann Carrns, New York Times, "Amid Coronavirus Anxiety, Should I Stop Making 401(k) Contributions?," 12 Mar. 2020 Each carries billboards lampooning people and issues that have gyrated into the public eye over the past year. al, "Mobile’s Comic Cowboys: Boeing flies unfriendly skies," 25 Feb. 2020 It’s like seeing members of a cult gyrating around a ritual circle before the Kool-Aid drops them. Robbie Daw, Billboard, "'The Masked Singer' Recap: Tree Gets Chopped," 11 Dec. 2019 And yes, there were gyrating hips and shimmying sequins. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Jennifer Lopez and Shakira showcase la fuerza de Latinos at Super Bowl LIV halftime show," 2 Feb. 2020 In the second video, two men who are apparently Mexican marines gyrate and swivel their hips to a recording of the chant in what looks to be a military barracks. Washington Post, "Male video takes on viral feminist anthem stir ire in Mexico," 7 Dec. 2019 Increased tension in the Gulf region after America’s killing of an Iranian general caused oil markets to gyrate. The Economist, "Business this week," 9 Jan. 2020 So while individual frontier nations may experience high volatility, the poor correlation makes a basket of frontier stocks gyrate less. Washington Post, "What Are Frontier Markets and Why Invest in Them?," 20 Sep. 2019 Markets have seemed to gyrate on the twists and turns of the protectionist battle between the two largest economies, with this year’s epic bond rally recovering from a pullback and U.S. stocks lingering within sight of a record high. Los Angeles Times, "Tech stocks drop, dollar up amid political drama," 25 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of gyrate

Adjective

1830, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of gyrate was in 1830

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Cite this Entry

“Gyrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gyrate. Accessed 28 Mar. 2020.

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More Definitions for gyrate

gyrate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of gyrate

: to move back and forth with a circular motion

gyrate

verb
gy·​rate | \ ˈjī-ˌrāt How to pronounce gyrate (audio) \
gyrated; gyrating

Kids Definition of gyrate

: to move back and forth with a circular motion The child made the top gyrate.

Other Words from gyrate

gyration \ jī-​ˈrā-​shən \ noun

gyrate

adjective
gy·​rate | \ ˈjī-ˌrāt How to pronounce gyrate (audio) \

Medical Definition of gyrate

: winding or coiled around : convoluted

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