intransitive verbgyrated, gyrating
Origin of gyrate; from Classical Latin gyratus, past participle of gyrare, to turn, whirl ; from gyrus ; from Classical Greek gyros, a circle ; from Indo-European an unverified form guros ; from base an unverified form gēu-, gū-, 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 g&ymacron;rāre, g&ymacron;rāt-, from Latin g&ymacron;rus, 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