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gyro1

[jahy-roh]
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noun, plural gy·ros.
  1. gyrocompass.
  2. gyroscope.
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Origin of gyro1

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

gyro2

[jeer-oh, zheer-oh; Greek yee-raw]
noun Greek Cookery.
  1. meat, usually lamb, roasted on a vertical spit, then thinly sliced, topped with onions, and usually served in a sandwich of pita bread.
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Origin of gyro2

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

gyro-

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

Origin of gyro-

< Greek gŷros ring, noun use of gȳrós round
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Related Words

gyroscopespinnerwhirligiggyrostat

Examples from the Web for gyro

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Historical Examples

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for gyro

gyro

noun plural -ros
  1. See gyrocompass
  2. See gyroscope
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gyro-

before a vowel gyr-

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

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

n.

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.

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gyro-

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

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