gyroscope

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Borrowed from French gyroscope, coined in 1852 by physicist Leon Foucault, equivalent to gyro- +‎ -scope, 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.
    • 2022 March 23, “Network News: Hitachi on-train track monitoring trial expands to Scottish routes”, in RAIL, number 953, page 13:
      Working with NR, ScotRail and Porterbrook, Perpetuum has fitted sensors with gyroscopes and accelerometers to trains that are already in passenger service.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

gyro- +‎ -scope, coined in 1852 by physicist Leon Foucault, from Ancient Greek γῦρος (gûros, circle) and σκοπός (skopós, watcher).

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  • IPA(key): /ʒi.ʁɔs.kɔp/
  • (file)

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gyroscope m (plural gyroscopes)

  1. gyroscope

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