gy·​ro·​plane ˈjī-rə-ˌplān How to pronounce gyroplane (audio)
: an aircraft that uses unpowered rotating airfoils to generate lift : autogiro

Examples of gyroplane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The LifeStar helicopter will also be making a visit to the show, as will a gyroplane. Steve Smith, Hartford Courant, 7 Sep. 2022 Another centerpiece is a 1960s gyroplane — a helicopter-like super-light aircraft — that should have flown Vojtech Vala to the West. Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gyroplane was in 1907

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“Gyroplane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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