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gy·rate / ˈjīrāt/ • v. move or cause to move in a circle or spiral, esp. quickly: [intr.] their wings gyrate through the water like paddle wheels. ∎  [intr.] dance in a wild or suggestive manner: strippers gyrated to rock music on a low stage. DERIVATIVES: gy·ra·tion / jīˈrāshən/ n. gy·ra·tor / -ˌrātər/ n.