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Gyre. n.s. [gyrus, Latin.] A circle described by any thing going in an orbit.

Ne thenceforth his approved skill to ward,
Or strike, or hurlen round in warlike gyre,
Remember'd he; ne car'd for his safe guard,
But rudely rag'd.
Fairy Queen, b. ii. cant. 5.

Does the wild haggard tow'r into the sky,
And to the South by thy direction fly?
Or eagle in her gyres the clouds embrace?

He fashion'd those harmonious orbs, that roll
In restless gyres about the Artick pole.

Quick and more quick he spins in giddy gyres,
Then falls, and in much foam his soul expires.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Sandys, George (23) · Spenser, Edmund (254)

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