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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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  • But now remove the gyrostat from the frame, and set the wheel in rotation.

    Lord Kelvin Andrew Gray
  • Now close observation will give you a simple rule about the behaviour of a gyrostat.

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

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

    Spinning Tops John Perry
  • There is, however, a great difference between the earth and the gyrostat.

    Spinning Tops John Perry
  • Figure 15 shows one form of gyrostat mounted on a horizontal frame, held in the hands of an experimenter.

    Lord Kelvin Andrew Gray
  • 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
  • At present the balance-weight is so placed that the gyrostat would fall if it were not spinning.

    Spinning Tops John Perry
  • In fact, the microscope and all other objects in the room are going round the gyrostat frame.

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

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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