[ 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.

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


gy·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. 2020

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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 forms of gyrate

gyratory (ˈdʒaɪrətərɪ, -trɪ, dʒaɪˈreɪtərɪ), adjective

Word Origin for gyrate

C19: from Late Latin gӯrāre, from Latin gӯrus circle, from Greek guros
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Medical 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.

Other words from gyrate

gy•ration n.
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