1 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" [syn: spiral, coil]
2 revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis; "The dervishes whirl around and around without getting dizzy" [syn: spin, spin around, whirl, reel]
- Rhymes: -eɪt
Etymologyfrom Greek gyros (circle) through Latin into Middle English to English
- To revolve round a central point; to move spirally about an axis, as a tornado; to revolve.
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