• WordNet 3.6
    • v gyrate revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis "The dervishes whirl around and around without getting dizzy"
    • v gyrate to wind or move in a spiral course "the muscles and nerves of his fine drawn body were coiling for action","black smoke coiling up into the sky","the young people gyrated on the dance floor"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Gyrate jī"rāt To revolve round a central point; to move spirally about an axis, as a tornado; to revolve.
    • a Gyrate Winding or coiled round; curved into a circle; taking a circular course.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • gyrate To turn round; wheel; rotate; whirl; move round a fixed point. See gyration. Formerly also girate.
    • gyrate In botany, curved inward like a crozier; circinate.
    • gyrate In zoology, having convolutions like the gyri of the brain; meandrine, as a coral. See cut under brain-coral.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Gyrate jī′rāt to whirl round a central point: to move round
    • adj Gyrate (bot.) winding round
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. gyratus, p. p. of gyrare, to gyrate. See Gyre (n.)


In literature:

His wrist was caught in a grip like an iron clamp, and he found himself performing queer gyrations.
"The Girl and The Bill" by Bannister Merwin
At times when close together, several may merge and form a large, irregular, gyrate patch.
"Essentials of Diseases of the Skin" by Henry Weightman Stelwagon
All the dancing dervishes of politics rushed upon the scene to amaze a bewildered public with fantastical gyrations.
"The Quarterly Review, Volume 162, No. 324, April, 1886" by Various
They would make all sorts of gyrations, up, down, a circle, a half circle to the right, then one to the left, and so on.
"The Story of a Common Soldier of Army Life in the Civil War, 1861-1865" by Leander Stillwell
Others appeared, whirling, gyrating, filling the silence with their humming.
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers
A semicircle of blood on the ground marked her gyrations.
"The Pools of Silence" by H. de Vere Stacpoole
In her muffled gyrations she at length knocked a chair over upon the fender, making a loud clatter.
"The Faith Doctor" by Edward Eggleston
His comrades of the flock, eagerly following his gyrations and descents, had begun to wheel and drop also.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
The lithe figure across the brook continued to view his gyrations with mingled emotions.
"The Gay Rebellion" by Robert W. Chambers
It descended slowly and jerkily, with haphazard gyrations.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily

In poetry:

The floors are slippery with blood:
The world gyrates too. God is good
That while His wind blows out the light
For those who hourly die for is –
We still can dance each night.
"The Dancers: (During A Great Battle, 1916)" by Dame Edith Sitwell
Birds of ill omen fold your sable pinions,
Cease your gyrations through our Queen's dominions;
Your pecking, screaming, croaking, don't alarm us—
Your frothy declamations do not charm us.
"North America and Her War Parsons" by Janet Hamilton
Where's the speech with phrases frilly,
Trouncing foemen willy nilly,
Waving arms, gesticulations,
Posturing and wild gyrations?
Briefly, where's the vaudeville
That, in olden days was Bill?
"'Billy'" by C J Dennis

In news:

After decades of relying on predictions from political pundits and wildly gyrating polls, Americans saw a small band of number crunchers redefine the business of election forecasting.
Blaring up-tempo music, gyrating movements, sweating bodies.
Kate Hudson, meanwhile, spent three hours gyrating in the window of Tracy Anderson's Tribeca studio.
Drilling activity has flattened in the US despite gyrations of crude oil and natural gas prices in an unusual pattern that challenges managers of the oil and gas producing industry.
The improvised sign language and Hokey Pokey-esque gyrations in an attempt to buy a souvenir at a market or find a bathroom.
Tracy Anderson on How to Get Madonna's Arms: Gyrate — and Eat Carbs, If You Want.
Stocks Gyrate , but Manage to Climb Again.
Gyration Motion Sensing Remote for $30.
Four-year-old girls mimic Britney Spears's pelvis-grinding gyrations.
The sensory onslaught, supplemented by completely nude, lissome, gyrating females, is clearly upscale fare.
Some would say his wild gyrations in front of the kids would be more at home at a furry convention than a sacred holiday.
If utilities had hedged their natural gas purchases during the 1990s, they could have earned windfalls for those they serve, given the wild price gyrations of the past decade ().
The man next to me is also being persistently ill into his vomit bag and I have no idea where the ground is outside the gyrating tin can I'm stuck in.
As a result, they caused wild gyrations in the price of several major stocks.
Scully speaks of the curious waltzing or gyrating of the ostriches as not occurring among wild birds.

In science:

Consider a particle of energy γmc2 gyrating around a local field line at a pitch angle ψ .
Neutron Stars as Sources of High Energy Particles - the case of RPP
We evaluate the mean square radius of gyration R2 K of Gaussian random polygons with a fixed knot type K .
Anomalous finite-size effects and canonical asymptotic behaviors for the mean-squared gyration radius of Gaussian random knots
K is given by R2 K,i denotes the gyration radius of the i-th Gaussian random polygon that has the knot type K , in the set of M polygons.
Anomalous finite-size effects and canonical asymptotic behaviors for the mean-squared gyration radius of Gaussian random knots
In figure 3 and figure 4 we collect the corresponding radii of gyration as a function of the temperature T .
Coil-Globule Transition for Regular, Random and Specially Designed Copolymers: Monte Carlo Simulation and Self-Consistent Field Theory
The distinction between the ground state and the molten globule is not clearly visible from inspection of the radius of gyration.
Coil-Globule Transition for Regular, Random and Specially Designed Copolymers: Monte Carlo Simulation and Self-Consistent Field Theory