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gyrostatic compass

noun

gyrocompass

[jahy-roh-kuhm-puh s] /ˈdʒaɪ roʊˌkʌm pəs/
noun
1.
a navigational compass containing a gyroscope rotor, that, when adjusted for the latitude and speed of the vessel or aircraft, indicates the direction of true north along the surface of the earth or communicates this information to one or more gyro repeaters.
Also called gyrostatic compass.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10; gyro(scope) + compass
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gyrocompass

/ˈdʒaɪrəʊˌkʌmpəs/
noun
1.
(nautical) a nonmagnetic compass that uses a motor-driven gyroscope to indicate true north Sometimes shortened to gyro
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