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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Gyration \Gy*ra"tion\ (j[-i]*r[=a]"sh[u^]n), noun

1. The act of turning or whirling, as around a fixed center; a circular or spiral motion; motion about an axis; rotation; revolution.

The gyrations of an ascending balloon. --De Quincey.

If a burning coal be nimbly moved round in a circle, with gyrations continually repeated, the whole circle will appear like fire. --Sir I. Newton.

2. (Zool.) One of the whorls of a spiral univalve shell.

{Center of gyration}. (Mech.) See under {Center}.

{Radius of gyration}, the distance between the axis of a rotating body and its center of gyration. --Rankine.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

gyration

noun

1: a single complete turn (axial or orbital); "the plane made three rotations before it crashed"; "the revolution of the earth about the sun takes one year" [syn: {rotation}, {revolution}, {gyration}]

2: the act of rotating in a circle or spiral [syn: {gyration}, {whirling}]


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