autogiro

noun
au·​to·​gi·​ro | \ ˌȯ-tō-ˈjī-(ˌ)rō How to pronounce autogiro (audio) \
variants: or autogyro
plural autogiros

Definition of autogiro

: a rotary-wing aircraft that employs a propeller for forward motion and a freely rotating rotor for lift

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Examples of autogiro in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gyrocopters: 1939 to 1940s The autogiro, a single-person helicopter-ish vehicle, was invented in the early 1920s by a Spanish engineer named Juan de law Cierva. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, 18 Jan. 2019 The Autogyro Spanish engineer Juan de la Cierva invented and first flew his autogiro in Madrid in January 1923. Alex Davies, WIRED, 3 July 2014

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First Known Use of autogiro

1907, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for autogiro

from Autogiro, a trademark

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Cite this Entry

“Autogiro.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/autogiro. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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