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gyrate Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb to wind or move in a spiral course
    coil; spiral.
    • 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
  2. verb revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis
    reel; whirl; spin; spin around.
    • The dervishes whirl around and around without getting dizzy

Gy"rate adjective
L. gyratus made in a circular form, p. p. of gyrare.
  1. Winding or coiled round; curved into a circle; taking a circular course.
Gy"rate intransitive verb
L. gyratus, p. p. of gyrare to gyrate. See Gyre, n.
imperfect & past participle Gyrated ; present participle & verbal noun Gyrating
  1. To revolve round a central point; to move spirally about an axis, as a tornado; to revolve.

Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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