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gyro1

[jahy-roh] /ˈdʒaɪ roʊ/
noun, plural gyros.
2.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10; independent use of gyro-

gyro2

[jeer-oh, zheer-oh; Greek yee-raw] /ˈdʒɪər oʊ, ˈʒɪər oʊ; Greek ˈyi rɔ/
noun, Greek Cookery.
1.
meat, usually lamb, roasted on a vertical spit, then thinly sliced, topped with onions, and usually served in a sandwich of pita bread.
Origin
1970-75; < Modern Greek gŷros literally, turn, revolution; see gyre

gyro-

1.
a combining form meaning “ring,” “circle,” “spiral,” used in the formation of compound words:
gyromagnetic; gyroscope.
Also, especially before a vowel, gyr-.
Origin
< Greek gŷros ring, noun use of gȳrós round
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  • The restaurant's lunch menu is noted for its gyro sandwiches and pita wraps, and also features burgers and sandwiches.
  • The restaurant's menu highlights include a house-made gyro platter and pan-seared sea scallops served over spinach.
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  • One type of vector not frequently used is the no-gyro vector.
British Dictionary definitions for gyro

gyro

/ˈdʒaɪrəʊ/
noun (pl) -ros
1.
2.
See gyroscope

gyro-

combining form
1.
indicating rotating or gyrating motion: gyroscope
2.
indicating a spiral
3.
indicating a gyroscope: gyrocompass
Word Origin
via Latin from Greek guro-, from guros circle
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Word Origin and History for gyro
n.

sandwich made from roasted lamb, late 20c., originally the meat itself, as roasted on a rotating spit, from Modern Greek gyros "a circle" (see gyre); mistaken in English for a plural and shorn of its -s.

gyro-

word-forming element meaning "gyrating" or "gyroscope," from comb. form of Greek gyros "ring, circle" (see gyre).

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Related Abbreviations for gyro

gyro

  1. gyrocompass
  2. gyroscope
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