American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A circular or spiral form; a vortex: "rain swirling the night into tunnels and gyres” ( Anthony Hyde).
- n. A circular or spiral motion, especially a circular ocean current.
- v. To whirl.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A circle or ring; a revolution of a moving body; a circular or spiral turn.
- n. In anatomy, a gyrus: as, a cerebral gyre.
- To turn; gyrate; revolve.
- To turn.
- n. a swirling vortex
- n. a circular current, especially a large-scale ocean current
- v. intransitive to whirl
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A circular motion, or a circle described by a moving body; a turn or revolution; a circuit.
- v. obsolete To turn round; to gyrate.
- n. a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles (as formed by leaves or flower petals)
- From Latin gyrus, Ancient Greek γῦρος (gyros, "circle, ring, turning") (Wiktionary)
- Latin gȳrus, from Greek gūros. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“While historically this debris has biodegraded, the gyre is now accumulating vast quantities of plastic and marine debris.”
“A gyre is a slowly moving spiral of currents created by a high pressure system of air currents.”
“This rotating pattern, known as a gyre, occurs as a result of the clockwise winds that typically occur in this region.”
“Come from the holy fire, perne in a gyre, which is some sort of helix thing, like DNA, or the serpent in the Garden of Eden”
“He Mindcalled the gyre, suddenly anxious to feel the bird's familiar weight on his shoulder.”
“A gyre is a naturally occurring phenomenon where two opposing dominant wind patterns (North and South) bend because of the earth's ubiquitous Coriolis Effect to form a swirling vortex in the ocean.”
“Marcus Eriksen: The size of the gyre is the entire garbage patch.”
“This meant that the 430km (270 mile) Mozambique Channel that separates the two landmasses was located in a different ocean "gyre" (circular ocean current), which had an important impact on the direction and strength of the currents within the channel.”
“It's compelling-and oddly comforting-to know that as late as 1992, scientists trying to chart the breadth of a Gulf Stream swirl (or "gyre") did so by dumping 5,000 Legos over the side of a boat and mapping the pattern of their dispersal.”
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