[ verb jahy-reyt, jahy-reyt; adjective jahy-reyt ]
/ verb ˈdʒaɪ reɪt, dʒaɪˈreɪt; adjective ˈdʒaɪ reɪt /

verb (used without object), gy·rat·ed, gy·rat·ing.

to move in a circle or spiral, or around a fixed point; whirl.


Zoology. having convolutions.

Nearby words

  1. gypsyhead,
  2. gyr-,
  3. gyral,
  4. gyrally,
  5. gyrase,
  6. gyrate atrophy of choroid and retina,
  7. gyration,
  8. gyrator,
  9. gyratory,
  10. gyre

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gyrate


verb (dʒɪˈreɪt, dʒaɪ-)

(intr) to rotate or spiral, esp about a fixed point or axis

adjective (ˈdʒaɪrɪt, -reɪt)

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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for gyrate


[ jīrāt′ ]


To revolve around a fixed point or axis.
To revolve in or as if in a circle or spiral.


In rings; coiled or convoluted.
Related formsgy•ration n.

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