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gyroscope

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noun gy·ro·scope \ˈjī-rə-ˌskōp, British also ˈgī-\

Simple Definition of gyroscope

  • : a wheel that spins quickly and is held in a frame that allows it to tilt in any direction

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of gyroscope

  1. :  a wheel or disk mounted to spin rapidly about an axis and also free to rotate about one or both of two axes perpendicular to each other and to the axis of spin so that a rotation of one of the two mutually perpendicular axes results from application of torque to the other when the wheel is spinning and so that the entire apparatus offers considerable opposition depending on the angular momentum to any torque that would change the direction of the axis of spin

gyroscopic play \ˌjī-rə-ˈskä-pik\ adjective
gyroscopically play \-pi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Illustration of gyroscope

Origin of gyroscope

French


First Known Use: 1856


GYROSCOPE Defined for Kids

gyroscope

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noun gy·ro·scope \ˈjī-rə-ˌskōp\

Definition of gyroscope for Students

  1. :  a wheel mounted to spin rapidly so that its axis is free to turn in various directions





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