what is difference between gyre and whorl
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /dʒaɪ.ə/
- (General American) enPR: jīər IPA(key): /dʒaɪ.ɚ/
- Rhymes: -aɪə(ɹ)
- Hyphenation: gy‧re
Borrowed from Latin gȳrus (“circle; circular motion”), from Ancient Greek γῦρος (gûros, “circle; ring”), from Proto-Indo-European *gew- (“to bend; to curve”). The English word is a doublet of gyro and gyrus.
gyre (plural gyres)
- (chiefly literary, poetic)
- A swirling vortex.
- A circular or spiral motion; also, a circle described by a moving body; a revolution, a turn.
- Synonyms: circuit, whirl
- (anatomy, zootomy, archaic) Synonym of gyrus (“a fold or ridge on the cerebral cortex of the brain”)
- (oceanography) An ocean current caused by wind which moves in a circular manner, especially one that is large-scale and observed in a major ocean.
- gyreful (obsolete, rare)
From Late Middle English giren (“to turn (something) away; to cause (something) to revolve or rotate; to travel in a circle”), from Old French girer (“to turn”), and directly from its etymon Latin gȳrāre, the present active infinitive of gȳrō (“to turn in a circle, rotate; to circle or revolve around”), from gȳrus (“circle; circular motion”) (see etymology 1) + -ō (suffix forming regular first-conjugation verbs).
gyre (third-person singular simple present gyres, present participle gyring, simple past and past participle gyred) (literary, poetic)
- (intransitive) To spin around; to gyrate, to whirl.
- Synonyms: revolve, rotate
- (transitive, rare) To make (something) spin or whirl around; to spin, to whirl.
- gyring (adjective, noun)
- ocean gyre on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- -ergy, Grey, grey
- vocative singular of gȳrus
From alteration of whirl (verb).
- enPR: wûrl, IPA(key): /wɜː(ɹ)l/
- Rhymes: -ɜː(r)l
- Homophone: whirl
whorl (plural whorls)
- A pattern of concentric circles.
- (botany) A circle of three or more leaves, flowers, or other organs, about the same part or joint of a stem.
- (zoology) A volution, or turn, of the spire of a univalve shell.
- (anatomy) Any volution, as for example in the human ear or fingerprint.
- A flywheel, a weight attached to a spindle. [from c. 1460]
whorl (third-person singular simple present whorls, present participle whorling, simple past and past participle whorled)
- (intransitive) To form a pattern of concentric circles.
- whorl in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- whorl in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- whorl, Glossary of Terms, American Rhododendron Society