an ocean current following a circular path within an ocean basin, clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere, counter-clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere. Also used for surface currents in large lakes

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  • -gyre — ♦ Élément, du gr. guros « cercle » : lévogyre. ⇒ gyr(o) . gyr(o) , gir(o) , gyre éléments, du gr. guros, cercle . ⇒ GYRE, GIRE, élém. formant Élém. terminal tiré du gr. « cercle » et « tourn …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • gyre — gyre; iso·gyre; dex·tro·gyre; le·vo·gyre; …   English syllables

  • Gyre —   die, / n, Kristallographie: Bezeichnung für eine Drehachse (Symmetrieachse). Nach n Drehungen mit definierten Winkeln um die Gyre kann ein Kristall wieder mit sich selbst zur Deckung gebracht werden. Die Anzahl n der notwendigen Drehungen wird… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Gyre — (j[imac]r), n. [L. gyrus, Gr. gy^ros, cf. gyro s round.] A circular motion, or a circle described by a moving body; a turn or revolution; a circuit. [1913 Webster] Quick and more quick he spins in giddy gyres. Dryden. [1913 Webster] Still… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gyre — Gyre, v. t. & i. [Cf. OF. gyrer, girer. See {Gyrate}.] To turn round; to gyrate. [Obs.] Bp. Hall. Drayton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gyre — 1560s, a circular motion; as a verb, to turn round, early 15c.; from L. gyrus circle, circular course, round, ring, and its derived verb gyrare, from Gk. gyros circle, ring, related to gyrós rounded, perhaps from PIE root *geu to bend, curve (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • gyrė — sf. A1885,937 vaišės, pokylis …   Dictionary of the Lithuanian Language

  • gyre — [jīr] n. [L gyrus < Gr gyros, a circle: see GYRATE] Old Poet. 1. a circular or spiral motion; whirl; revolution 2. a circular or spiral form; ring or vortex vi., vt. gyred, gyring Old Poet. to whirl …   English World dictionary

  • gyre — 1. noun /dʒaɪ.ə,dʒaɪ.ɚ/ a) a swirling vortex b) a circular current, especially a large scale ocean current 2. verb /dʒaɪ.ə,dʒaɪ.ɚ/ …   Wiktionary

  • gyre-carline — /gīrˈkär lin/ (Scot) noun A witch ORIGIN: ON gȳgr a witch, ogress, and ↑carline …   Useful english dictionary

  • Gyre océanique — Carte des cinq gyres principaux de l océan Un gyre océanique est un gigantesque tourbillon d eau océanique formé d un ensemble de courants marins. Les gyres sont provoqués par la force de Coriolis. Sommaire 1 …   Wikipédia en Français

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