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[verb jahy-reyt, jahy-reyt; adjective jahy-reyt]
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verb (used without object), gy·rat·ed, gy·rat·ing.
  1. to move in a circle or spiral, or around a fixed point; whirl.
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  1. Zoology. having convolutions.
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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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Related Words

whirl, twirl, rotate, spiral, turn, circle, circulate, spin, roll, pirouette, whirligig, purl, gyre

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.


    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


verb (dʒɪˈreɪt, dʒaɪ-)
  1. (intr) to rotate or spiral, esp about a fixed point or axis
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adjective (ˈdʒaɪrɪt, -reɪt)
  1. biology curved or coiled into a circle; circinate
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Derived Formsgyratory (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 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for gyrate


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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

gyrate in Medicine


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