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[jahy-ruh-stat] /ˈdʒaɪ rəˌstæt/
a modified gyroscope, consisting of a rotating wheel pivoted within a rigid case.
Origin of gyrostat
First recorded in 1875-80; gyro- + -stat Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Of course so long as a stop acts, preventing precession, the roll of the ship proceeds as if the gyrostat wheel were not rotating.

    Spinning Tops John Perry
  • Now close observation will give you a simple rule about the behaviour of a gyrostat.

    Spinning Tops John Perry
  • In the theoretical discussion of the general motion General motion of a gyrostat rolling on a plane.

  • Here is a gyrostat (Fig. 23) something like the earth in shape, and it is at rest.

    Spinning Tops John Perry
  • The principle of the action is very visible in this gyrostat suspended as the bob of a pendulum (Fig. 57).

    Spinning Tops John Perry
  • It is not precessing, so you know that the weight W just balances the gyrostat F.

    Spinning Tops John Perry
  • But now remove the gyrostat from the frame, and set the wheel in rotation.

    Lord Kelvin Andrew Gray
  • Figure 15 shows one form of gyrostat mounted on a horizontal frame, held in the hands of an experimenter.

    Lord Kelvin Andrew Gray
  • There is, however, a great difference between the earth and the gyrostat.

    Spinning Tops John Perry
  • The gyrostat is now replaced on its pivots in the frame, with its axis vertical, and moved about as it was before.

    Lord Kelvin Andrew Gray
Word Origin and History for gyrostat

1879, from gyro- + Greek statos "placed, standing," from PIE root *sta- (see stet).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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