[ jahy-roh ]
/ ˈdʒaɪ roʊ /
noun, plural gy·ros.
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Origin of gyro1
First recorded in 1905–10; independent use of gyro-
Definition for gyro (2 of 3)
[ yeer-oh, jahy-roh ]
/ ˈyɪər oʊ, ˈdʒaɪ roʊ /
noun Greek Cooking.
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 gyro2
1970–75; <Modern Greek gŷros literally, turn, revolution; see gyre
Definition for gyro (3 of 3)
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 (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for gyro (2 of 2)
before a vowel gyr-
indicating rotating or gyrating motiongyroscope
indicating a spiral
indicating a gyroscopegyrocompass
Word Origin for gyro-
via Latin from Greek guro-, from guros circle
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