gyroscope

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gyro- +‎ -scope, from French coined in 1856 by physicist Leon Foucault, from Ancient Greek γῦρος (gûros, circle) and σκοπός (skopós, watcher).

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gyroscope (plural gyroscopes)

  1. an apparatus composed of a wheel which spins inside of a frame (gimbal) and causes the balancing of the frame in any direction or position. In the form of a gyroscopic stabilizer, used to help keep aircraft and ships steady.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

gyro- +‎ -scope, coined in 1856 by physicist Leon Foucault, from Ancient Greek γῦρος (gûros, circle) and σκοπός (skopós, watcher).

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gyroscope m (plural gyroscopes)

  1. gyroscope

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