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gyre

Syllabification: gyre
Pronunciation: /ˈjī(ə)r
 
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Definition of gyre in English:

verb

[no object] literary
Whirl; gyrate: a swarm of ghosts gyred around him
More example sentences
  • 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.

noun

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1A spiral; a vortex.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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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