gyrate

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adjective

gy·​rate ˈjī-ˌrāt How to pronounce gyrate (audio)
: winding or coiled around : convoluted
gyrate branches of a tree

gyrate

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verb

gyrated; gyrating

intransitive verb

1
: to revolve around a point or axis
2
: to oscillate with or as if with a circular or spiral motion
gyrator noun
gyratory 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
Usher gyrated across the stage alongside Keys just as Michael did with Tatiana Thumbzten in the iconic music video. Ime Ekpo, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 In cities across Iran men and women of all ages are gyrating their hips, swirling their arms in the air, and chanting the song’s catchy lines, according to videos posted on social media, television news channels like BBC Persian and Iranians interviewed. Leily Nikounazar, New York Times, 16 Dec. 2023 The stock gyrated premarket, jumping roughly 10% before handing back most of those gains. Anna Hirtenstein, WSJ, 15 Sep. 2023 Other young women in lingerie are gyrating on platforms throughout the room. Jay Cheshes, Robb Report, 9 Dec. 2023 The longtime friends sat next to one another on stage and held up score cards as dancers performed on a catwalk and gyrated on the two stars. Jack Irvin, Peoplemag, 27 Nov. 2023 Yes, Britney karaoke is mostly a frivolous, gyrating nightclub fantasy, but an accessible and uplifting one. Ada Tseng, Los Angeles Times, 24 Oct. 2023 There are at least two giant skeletons with glowing eyes and a gyrating specter on the wall. Lizzy Rosenberg, Peoplemag, 13 Oct. 2023 Oil prices remain well below recent highs but have gyrated this week — and are rising again Friday — as investors worry that the war could escalate into a regional conflict encompassing key oil producers. Krystal Hur, CNN, 13 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1830, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
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 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

gyrate

verb
gy·​rate
ˈjī-ˌrāt
gyrated; gyrating
1
: to rotate around a point or axis
2
gyration
jī-ˈrā-shən
noun
gyrational
-shnəl
-shən-ᵊl
adjective

Medical Definition

gyrate

adjective
gy·​rate ˈjī-ˌrāt How to pronounce gyrate (audio)
: winding or coiled around : convoluted

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