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[jahy-roh] /ˈdʒaɪ roʊ/
noun, plural gyros.
Origin of gyro1
First recorded in 1905-10; independent use of gyro-


[jeer-oh, zheer-oh; Greek yee-raw] /ˈdʒɪər oʊ, ˈʒɪər oʊ; Greek ˈyi rɔ/
noun, Greek Cookery.
meat, usually lamb, roasted on a vertical spit, then thinly sliced, topped with onions, and usually served in a sandwich of pita bread.
1970-75; < Modern Greek gŷros literally, turn, revolution; see gyre


a combining form meaning “ring,” “circle,” “spiral,” used in the formation of compound words:
gyromagnetic; gyroscope.
Also, especially before a vowel, gyr-.
< Greek gŷros ring, noun use of gȳrós round Unabridged
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  • Why, even the gyro compass has to be adjusted for latitude error.

    Where the Blue Begins Christopher Morley
  • Without a gyro to keep the drive upright, I took a loop and started heading for the ground.

    Islands of Space John W Campbell
  • Engines of Gilgamesh will not be used except for the heat-disposal and gyro auxiliaries.

    The Lost Kafoozalum Pauline Ashwell
  • There should be approximately one minute before the major color changes began, which was also the minimum time for gyro run up.

    Far from Home J.A. Taylor
  • Others were large lumps from the computer-banks, gyro platform, fuel pumps, and other more massive components.

    Pushbutton War Joseph P. Martino
  • He didn't want to answer, and he stayed on the roof securing the gyro and plugging in its battery-charger.

    Waste Not, Want Dave Dryfoos
  • I'll bet when its body tilted over, the 112 brain wasn't sure whether the gyro would keep it from being wrecked.

  • The officer of the watch turned aside for a moment from the gyro across which he had been sighting.

    Sea-Hounds Lewis R. Freeman
British Dictionary definitions for gyro


noun (pl) -ros
See gyroscope


combining form
indicating rotating or gyrating motion: gyroscope
indicating a spiral
indicating a gyroscope: gyrocompass
Word Origin
via Latin from Greek guro-, from guros circle
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Word Origin and History for gyro

sandwich made from roasted lamb, late 20c., originally the meat itself, as roasted on a rotating spit, from Modern Greek gyros "a circle" (see gyre); mistaken in English for a plural and shorn of its -s.


word-forming element meaning "gyrating" or "gyroscope," from comb. form of Greek gyros "ring, circle" (see gyre).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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