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

Nearby words

  1. gyri insulae,
  2. gyro,
  3. gyro horizon,
  4. gyro pilot,
  5. gyro repeater,
  6. gyrocompass,
  7. gyrocopter,
  8. gyrodyne,
  9. gyrofrequency,
  10. gyroidal

Also especially before a vowel, gyr-.

Origin of gyro-

< Greek gŷros ring, noun use of gȳrós round Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for gyro-


before a vowel gyr-

combining form

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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Word Origin and History for gyro-


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

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