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  1. a combining form meaning “ring,” “circle,” “spiral,” used in the formation of compound words: gyromagnetic; gyroscope.
Also especially before a vowel, gyr-.

Origin of gyro-

< Greek gŷros ring, noun use of gȳrós round
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British Dictionary definitions for gyro-

gyro-

before a vowel gyr-

combining form
  1. indicating rotating or gyrating motiongyroscope
  2. indicating a spiral
  3. indicating a gyroscopegyrocompass

Word Origin

via Latin from Greek guro-, from guros circle
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Word Origin and History for gyro-

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

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