Meaning of gyratory in English:


Pronunciation /dʒʌɪˈreɪt(ə)ri/ /ˈdʒʌɪrət(ə)ri/


  • Denoting or involving circular or spiral motion.

    ‘When he first saw her perform he was so impressed with her arm - flailing and gyratory motions that he incorporated them into his own static stage act.’
    • ‘Cultures were grown on a gyratory shaker in darkness at 221°C.’
    • ‘The town council opted instead for a full gyratory system, which it wanted to see tried out for three months.’
    • ‘The town refused to support the plans, saying it wanted a full gyratory system tried for three months.’
    • ‘Traffic swirls round this nightmarish gyratory system where five major streets meet, the road up to seven lanes wide.’
    rotating, rotatory, rotational, revolving, turning, spinning, gyrating, gyratory, whirling


  • A road junction or traffic system requiring the circular movement of traffic, larger or more complex than an ordinary roundabout.

    ‘To keep essential traffic moving, particularly the bus services, we have to reduce the amount of traffic using the gyratory.’
    • ‘He told the inquest he was overtaken by the two vehicles on the wrong side of the road at the gyratory.’
    • ‘Commenting on the longer term ideas he explained: ‘Using traffic flow models, we have looked a various gyratory systems.’’
    • ‘The atmosphere around the gyratory is already monitored because of concerns over pollution, the last thing the area needs is more traffic.’
    • ‘The incident happened in the eastbound tunnel near the gyratory.’
    crossroads, crossing, intersection, interchange, gyratory