Definition of gyre in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈdʒʌɪə
, ˈɡʌɪə


[no object] literary
Whirl or 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 or vortex.
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  • The two source waters of the cold fresh Arctic water and the warm salty Atlantic water form a cyclonic gyre which is closed in its southern section at approximately 72°N by the eastward-flowing current.
  • Rivers of plastic objects are carried by great ocean currents from North America, Japan, and other lands along the North Pacific rim into the gyre.
  • I've been turning and turning in the widening gyre.
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 round'): from late Latin gyrare, from Latin gyrus 'a ring', from Greek guros. The noun is from Latin gyrus.

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