intransitive verb-·rat·ed, -·rat·ing
Origin of gyratefrom Classical Latin gyratus, past participle of gyrare, to turn, whirl from gyrus, a circle from Classical Greek gyros from Indo-European an unverified form guros from base an unverified form g?u-, an unverified form g?-, to bend, arch from source cod, cop
intransitive verbgy·rat·ed, gy·rat·ing, gy·rates
- To revolve around a fixed point or axis.
- To move in a spiral or spirallike course. See Synonyms at turn.
- To oscillate or vary, especially in a repetitious pattern: Stock prices gyrated around last week's high.
Origin of gyrateLate Latin gérāre gérāt- from Latin gérus circle ; see gyre .
(third-person singular simple present gyrates, present participle gyrating, simple past and past participle gyrated)
- To revolve round a central point; to move spirally about an axis, as a tornado; to revolve.
from Ancient Greek γυρός (guros, “round, curved”) through Latin into Middle English to English