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gyrate

[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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adjective
  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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1. spin, twirl, revolve, swirl, pirouette.
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British Dictionary definitions for gyrator

gyrator

noun
  1. an electronic circuit that inverts the impedance
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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
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Word Origin and History for gyrator

gyrate

v.

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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

gyrator in Medicine

gyrate

(jīrāt′)
v.
  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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adj.
  1. In rings; coiled or convoluted.
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Related formsgy•ration n.
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