[ jahy-roh ]
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noun,plural gy·ros.

Origin of gyro

First recorded in 1905–10; independent use of gyro-

Words Nearby gyro

Other definitions for gyro (2 of 3)

[ yeer-oh, jahy-roh ]

nounGreek Cooking.
  1. meat, usually lamb, roasted on a vertical spit, then thinly sliced, topped with onions, and usually served in a sandwich of pita bread.

Origin of gyro

1970–75; <Modern Greek gŷros literally, turn, revolution; see gyre

Other definitions for gyro- (3 of 3)


  1. a combining form meaning “ring,” “circle,” “spiral,” used in the formation of compound words: gyromagnetic; gyroscope.

Origin of gyro-

<Greek gŷros ring, noun use of gȳrós round
  • Also especially before a vowel, gyr-. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use gyro in a sentence

  • The huge gyro-stabilized bulk did not move noticeably to the long Pacific swell.

    The Sensitive Man | Poul William Anderson
  • Just to be sure he let the ship complete two more sweeps, and he noted the direction on the gyro-compass each time.

    Deathworld | Harry Harrison
  • Inside was a gyro-stabilizer to keep the whole device upright.

  • The gyro-Duplex engine superseded this original design, and a small cross-section illustration of this is appended.

    A History of Aeronautics | E. Charles Vivian

British Dictionary definitions for gyro (1 of 2)


/ (ˈdʒaɪrəʊ) /

nounplural -ros

British Dictionary definitions for gyro- (2 of 2)


combining form
  1. indicating rotating or gyrating motion: gyroscope

  2. indicating a spiral

  1. indicating a gyroscope: gyrocompass

Origin of gyro-

via Latin from Greek guro-, from guros circle

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