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[verb jahy-reyt, jahy-reyt; adjective jahy-reyt] /verb ˈdʒaɪ reɪt, dʒaɪˈreɪt; adjective ˈdʒaɪ reɪt/
verb (used without object), gyrated, gyrating.
to move in a circle or spiral, or around a fixed point; whirl.
Zoology. having convolutions.
Origin of gyrate
First recorded in 1820-30, gyrate is from the Latin word gȳrātus (past participle of gȳrāre to turn around). See gyr-, -ate1
Related forms
gyrator, noun
multigyrate, adjective
pseudogyrate, adjective
ungyrating, adjective
1. spin, twirl, revolve, swirl, pirouette. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for gyrate
Historical Examples
  • Others began to gyrate over and under their horses in a dizzy way.

    Crooked Trails Frederic Remington
  • "Well, it's like this," she said, and again the toe began to gyrate in the snow.

    Neighbours Robert Stead
  • Both the image before them, and the distant figure on the knoll were seen to wave arms and gyrate simultaneously.

    The Great Gray Plague Raymond F. Jones
  • These sometimes circle and gyrate for some time after they are flushed before settling on the sea again.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
  • Some are endeavouring to dance with little more terra firma to gyrate upon than 'La Nena' had on her foot square of table.

  • A few couples were beginning to gyrate among the fumes of spaghetti and vin ordinaire.

    A Top-Floor Idyl

    George van Schaick
  • At times when close together, several may merge and form a large, irregular, gyrate patch.

    Essentials of Diseases of the Skin

    Henry Weightman Stelwagon
  • The molecules show all kinds of possible combinations; the combinations spin, turn head over heels, and gyrate in endless ways.

    Occult Chemistry

    Annie Besant and Charles W. Leadbeater
  • He then took off his boots and his coat, and standing on his toes he commenced to gyrate with extraordinary rapidity.

    The Crock of Gold James Stephens
  • It could gyrate in a spiral, or spin on its axis in a rectilinear path like a rifled bullet.

British Dictionary definitions for gyrate


verb (dʒɪˈreɪt; dʒaɪ-)
(intransitive) to rotate or spiral, esp about a fixed point or axis
adjective (ˈdʒaɪrɪt; -reɪt)
(biology) curved or coiled into a circle; circinate
Derived Forms
gyratory (ˈdʒaɪrətərɪ; -trɪ; dʒaɪˈreɪtərɪ) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Late Latin gӯrāre, from Latin gӯrus circle, from Greek guros
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for gyrate

1822 (implied in gyrated), back-formation from gyration. Related: Gyrated; gyrating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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gyrate in Medicine

gyrate gy·rate (jī'rāt')
v. gy·rat·ed, gy·rat·ing, gy·rates

  1. To revolve around a fixed point or axis.

  2. To revolve in or as if in a circle or spiral.

In rings; coiled or convoluted.
gy·ra'tion n.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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