[jahy-rey-shuh n]
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Origin of gyration

First recorded in 1605–15, gyration is from the Late Latin word gȳrātiōn- (stem of gȳrātiō). See gyrate, -ion
Related formsgy·ra·tion·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for gyration


  1. the act or process of gyrating; rotation
  2. any one of the whorls of a spiral-shaped shell
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Word Origin and History for gyration

1610s, noun of action from Late Latin gyratum, past participle of gyrare, from Latin gyrus "circle" (see gyre).

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