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Lindsay gyrates with a ski pole between her legs, rocking back and forth.
Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  to spin or spiral


to move in a dance-like way that is sexually suggestive
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gyration gyrate gyrating gyrated gyrates gyratory gyrator
Synonym Comparison:  Gyrate is more descriptive than revolve or spin when there is a spiral or a helical movement.
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  • Lindsay gyrates with a ski pole between her legs, rocking back and forth.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • The welcome statement had shocked Thomas, but before he could respond, the long-haired man practically pulled him and Brenda inside, then started ushering them through a tightly packed crowd of dancing bodies, gyrating and jumping and hugging and spinning.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • Five or six people were dancing and gyrating around the bonfire, throwing their arms up and bringing them down again, bowing toward the earth and then shuffling to the side, where they started all over again.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • Several of the remaining glass columns crack, causing the monstrous occupants to gyrate in agitation.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall

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  • I may have lay in the mud for minutes or hours while my brain slowly gyrated inside my skull.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Each stage was framed by mirrors and occupied by a naked, gyrating lady.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • Top Cat, numero uno dispenser of good poop on Mr. Dynamite and his Famous Flames, shook and gyrated his way around the room when he thought I was not looking.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Jack broke out of his gyration and stood facing Ralph.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • But with the plane gyrating down nose first and the escape passage narrow, perhaps the navigator couldn’t pull himself out.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • He walked up to O’Dell and waited patiently until the boy had stopped gyrating.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky

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  • Her body was plump, far from perfect, and she was gyrating in rhythm to the chanting—making love to Sophie’s grandfather.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • They danced and gyrated like tortured savages.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • "The love god," Shaunee said, adding a seated gyration of her hips.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • He stopped as he descried a great disk of foam the size of an island, gyrating from north to east.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • The frightening thing, he reflected for the ten thousandth time as he forced his shoulders painfully backward (with hands on hips, they were gyrating their bodies from the waist, an exercise that was supposed to be good for the back muscles) — the frightening thing was that it might all be true.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • There were parachutes, one, two, three… four, and then the plane gyrated into a spin and fell the rest of the way to the ground, fluttering insensibly inside its vivid pyre like a shred of colored tissue paper.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • The advance guard which came down the street from the railroad station consisted of a number of Jeeps, being driven with a certain restraint, their gyration-prone wheels inactive on these old ways which offered nothing bumpier than a few cobblestones.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • The plain surged with figures in combat — Sardaukar and leaping gyrating robed men who seemed to come down out of the storm.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • He had been caught in a vortex and was being whirled on with a velocity of advance and gyration that made him giddy and sick.
    Ambrose Bierce  --  An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
  • The chicken’s neck gyrates and it splatters the ground and Sho’s face and shirt with its dripping blood.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • Above, the impartial stars continued to gyrate in their endless celestial dance.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • She didn’t add that, now that the rock band had taken over for a half-hour set, she would feel out of place gyrating on the floor, (and sinful) yes, and sinful.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • I almost felt my arm disconnect from my body before he yanked me back, gyrating his pelvis wildly.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • Then he’d be sitting there watching the gyrating, and swallowing on the chunk of dry corn pone stuck in his throat.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • The swift stream raced and gyrated under them, tossing, distorting, and splitting the moon’s reflected face.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Though ringweight lifting had been beyond his strength and the full circle gyration beyond his courage yet as a High school scholar he had excelled in his stable and protracted execution of the half lever movement on the parallel bars in consequence of his abnormally developed abdominal muscles.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The rock group gyrated to its outer limits, frantic dissonance worthy of the scene.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • At a formal dinner once a professor of some science or other, wanting to make small talk, had pointed out a few insects gyrating above a candelabra.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • The next girl clomped down the runway in torn jeans and combat boots, tossing her hair and gyrating suggestively, grinning out at us.
    Sarah Dessen  --  That Summer
  • Kelly was sniffling, wiping her eyes during her handspring run, and Melinda Trudale had somehow missed our dance coach’s advice to "tone things down a bit" and was doing her normal gyrating and hip-snapping right up front, much to the horror of a frail woman with an oxygen tank in the front row who was trying to knit some booties.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • We recognized the drivers, spotted familiar faces in the windows, people we customarily saw sitting on lawn chairs behind the asylum’s sparse hedges or walking in ever narrowing circles, with ever increasing speed, like spinning masses in a gyration device.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • The strippers gyrated into view, accompanied by jarring, quasi-sensual music and the aroused, incontinent applause of the crowd.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • The men were oblivious of their wives as they gave the social passwords of Main Street, the orthodox opinions on weather, crops, and motor cars, then flung away restraint and gyrated in the debauch of shop-talk.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • One step below, a mass of humanity gyrated in sympathy.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • The wind, except for occasional gyrating dust devils, was constant.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • I started gyrating my hips to their claps, and they joined me.
    Ishmael Beah  --  A Long Way Gone
  • It was a competition of gyrating arms, their eyes peering through the dusty glass for some sign of contact within.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Dancers gyrated on the circling floors, lights flashed over their faces, catching expressions, intense, joyful, feral.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • He spent his nights playing piano and sax for couples who glided and gyrated across the city’s polished floors.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • Everything that was Stevie Rae was gone—from the cowboy boot lamp and the Kenny Chesney poster, to the gyrating Elvis clock.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Betrayed
  • The music had entered her; it lubricated her joints, softened her bones and flesh to produce this gyrating, fluid, and sensual movement.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Wild-looking abstracts, tornadoes of gyrating light-hackers who are hoping that Da5id will notice their talent, invite them inside, give them a job.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • I pushed past the girls from Jackson, who had ditched jackets, and were looking skanky in their tank tops and baby tees, gyrating to the music of the Holy Rollers.
    Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl  --  Beautiful Creatures
  • If you would whirl in regular gyration As he does in his dull old mill, He’d show, at any rate, good-will,— Especially if you heard and heeded his hortation.
    Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)  --  Faust
  • At last, by a violent and almost superhuman effort, I tear it away just as the ball which is still executing its gyratory motions is about to run round it and drag me with it—if— Oh, what intense stupendous light!
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • They descended the spiral stairway to the grillroom, where an orchestra was playing jazz, and dancers gyrated on a polished floor, and diners in evening dress looked on over their cigarettes.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • Waters of vexation filled her eyes; and they had the effect of making the famous Mr Merdle, in going down the street, appear to leap, and waltz, and gyrate, as if he were possessed of several Devils.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • His pipes wandered along the trails of the ancient melodies, growing more and more frenzied as he moved faster and faster, until finally he broke into the Rasa-lila, the Dance of Lust, and his retinue, hands on their hips, followed him with increasing speed through its gyrating movements.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • Slamming his fist down now and then, he failed to notice that his daughter’s eyes were glazed, or that his daughter-inlaw stood behind him for a few seconds, placed both her hands on her breasts, touched her tongue to her nose, closed her eyes, gyrated her pelvis, and moaned like a wolf.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Thou born to match the gale, (thou art all wings,) To cope with heaven and earth and sea and hurricane, Thou ship of air that never furl’st thy sails, Days, even weeks untired and onward, through spaces, realms gyrating, At dusk that lookist on Senegal, at morn America, That sport’st amid the lightning-flash and thunder-cloud, In them, in thy experiences, had’st thou my soul, What joys! what joys were thine!
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
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