[ jahy-rey-shuh n ]
/ dʒaɪˈreɪ ʃən /


the act of gyrating; circular or spiral motion; revolution; rotation; whirling.

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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gyration


/ (dʒaɪˈreɪʃən) /


the act or process of gyrating; rotation
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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