[verb jahy-reyt, jahy-reyt; adjective jahy-reyt]
  1. 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
Related formsgy·ra·tor, nounmul·ti·gy·rate, adjectivepseu·do·gy·rate, adjectiveun·gy·rat·ing, adjective

Synonyms for gyrate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for gyrator


  1. an electronic circuit that inverts the impedance


verb (dʒɪˈreɪt, dʒaɪ-)
  1. (intr) to rotate or spiral, esp about a fixed point or axis
adjective (ˈdʒaɪrɪt, -reɪt)
  1. biology curved or coiled into a circle; circinate
Derived Formsgyratory (ˈdʒaɪrətərɪ, -trɪ, dʒaɪˈreɪtərɪ), adjective

Word Origin for gyrate

C19: from Late Latin gӯrāre, from Latin gӯrus circle, from Greek guros
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Word Origin and History for gyrator



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

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gyrator in Medicine


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