gyrate

[verb jahy-reyt, jahy-reyt; adjective jahy-reyt]
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adjective
  1. 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 formsgy·ra·tor, nounmul·ti·gy·rate, adjectivepseu·do·gy·rate, adjectiveun·gy·rat·ing, adjective

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Historical Examples of gyrate

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for gyrate

gyrate

verb (dʒɪˈreɪt, dʒaɪ-)
  1. (intr) to rotate or spiral, esp about a fixed point or axis
adjective (ˈdʒaɪrɪt, -reɪt)
  1. biology curved or coiled into a circle; circinate
Derived Formsgyratory (ˈdʒaɪrətərɪ, -trɪ, dʒaɪˈreɪtərɪ), adjective

Word Origin for gyrate

C19: from Late Latin gӯrāre, from Latin gӯrus circle, from Greek guros
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Word Origin and History for gyrate
v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

gyrate in Medicine

gyrate

[jīrāt′]
v.
  1. To revolve around a fixed point or axis.
  2. To revolve in or as if in a circle or spiral.
adj.
  1. In rings; coiled or convoluted.
Related formsgy•ration n.
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