Definition of gyre in English:


Syllabification: gyre
Pronunciation: /ˈjī(ə)r


[no object] literary
Whirl; gyrate: a swarm of ghosts gyred around him
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  • The serpents intertwined, gyring, intertwining and weaved around one another, racing towards her.
  • The current is not, however, continuous around Antarctica and it is absorbed in the two large gyre systems of the Weddell Sea and the Ross Sea.
  • Another no-mates, quarantined island where they gyre and gambol long and hard and in public.


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1A spiral; a vortex.
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  • The air in the North Pacific subtropical gyre is heated at the equator and rises high into the atmosphere because of its buoyancy in cooler, surrounding air masses.
  • And for the past fifty years or so, plastics that have made their way into the Pacific Ocean have been fragmenting and accumulating as a kind of swirling sewer in the North Pacific subtropical gyre.
  • Because 40 percent of the oceans are classified as subtropical gyres, a fourth of the planet's surface area has become an accumulator of floating plastic debris.
1.1 Geography A circular pattern of currents in an ocean basin: the central North Pacific gyre
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  • These currents flow in large rotating loops called gyres.
  • The August data support the results of earlier investigations that suggested that dynamic forcing by a basinwide gyre is responsible for the upwelling in the open water.
  • Zones of minimum upwelling and, therefore, productivity, occur in the central regions of the oceans known as the gyres.


late Middle English (in the sense 'whirl (someone or something) around'): from late Latin gyrare, from Latin gyrus 'a ring', from Greek guros. The noun is from Latin gyrus.

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