- a modified gyroscope, consisting of a rotating wheel pivoted within a rigid case.
Origin of gyrostat
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Examples from the Web for gyrostat
But now remove the gyrostat from the frame, and set the wheel in rotation.Lord Kelvin
There is, however, a great difference between the earth and the gyrostat.
Here is a gyrostat (Fig. 23) something like the earth in shape, and it is at rest.
It is not precessing, so you know that the weight W just balances the gyrostat F.
Now close observation will give you a simple rule about the behaviour of a gyrostat.
Word Origin and History for gyrostat
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