verb[no object] • literary
- Whirl; gyrate: a swarm of ghosts gyred around himMore 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.
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- 1A spiral; a vortex.More 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 gyreMore example sentences
- 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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