gyroscope

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Gyroscope

A gyroscope (from Greek γῦρος gûros, `circle` and σκοπέω skopéō, `to look`) is a device for measuring or maintaining orientation, based on the principles of angular momentum. Mechanical gyroscopes typically comprise a spinning wheel or disc in which the axle is free to assume any orientation. Although this orientation does not r...
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Gyroscope

• (n.) A form of the above apparatus, invented by M. Foucault, mounted so delicately as to render visible the rotation of the earth, through the tendency of the rotating wheel to preserve a constant plane of rotation, independently of the earth`s motion. • (n.) A rotating wheel, mounted in a ring or rings, for illustrating the dynamics of...
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gyroscope

<instrument> 1. A rotating wheel, mounted in a ring or rings, for illustrating the dynamics of rotating bodies, the composition of rotations, etc. It was devised by Professor W. R. Johnson, in 1832, by whom it was called the rotascope. ... 2. A form of the above apparatus, invented by M. Foucault, mounted so delicately as to render visible th...
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gyroscope

gyro noun rotating mechanism in the form of a universally mounted spinning wheel that offers resistance to turns in any direction
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Gyroscope

[automobile] The Gyroscope was a brass era automobile built in Detroit, Michigan first by the Blomstrom Manufacturing Company in 1908, and then the Lion Motor Car Company in Adrian, Michigan in 1909. The Gyroscope was so named because of its engine, a horizontal, opposed two-cylinder engine, which had a horizontal flywheel. They claimed the...
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Gyroscope

[video game] Gyroscope is an action video game published by Melbourne House in 1985 for a number of home computers. It is based on the Atari arcade game Marble Madness. ==Gameplay== The gameplay is very similar to Marble Madness except the player controls a spinning gyroscope rather than a marble. The game is presented in isometric 3D. The ...
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Gyroscope

Gy'ro·scope (jī'ro*skōp) noun [ Greek gy^ros ring, circle + - scope .] 1. A rotating wheel, mounted in a ring or rings, for illustrating the dynamics of rotating bodies, the composition of rotations, etc. It was devised by Professor W. R. Johnson, in 1832, by whom...
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gyroscope

A device that utilizes the angular momentum of a heavy spinning disk, called a rotor, to sense angular motion of its base about one or two axes at right angles to the spin axis. The rotor is mounted and moves within gimbals within a frame and maintains its orientation regardless of any movement of t...
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Gyroscope

A disc with a heavy rim mounted in such a way that its axis of rotation can adopt any position. Once the disc is spinning, the rotation axis remains fixed with reference to fixed stars, which makes the gyroscope useful for determining movement away from a fixed course.Three gyroscopes rotating about perpendicular axes help to maintain the orientati...
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Gyroscope

A gyroscope is any rotating body that exhibits two fundamental properties: gyroscopic inertia, or rigidity in space, and precession, the tilting of the axis at right angles to any force tending to alter the plane of rotation. These properties are inherent in all rotating bodies, including the earth itself. The term gyroscope is commonly applied to ...
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Gyroscope

A spinning, wheel-like device that resists any force that tries to tilt its axis. Gyroscopes are used for stabilizing the attitude of rockets and spacecraft in motion.
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gyroscope

device containing a rapidly spinning wheel or circulating beam of light that is used to detect the deviation of an object from its desired ... [9 related articles]
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gyroscope

gyroscope (jī'ruskōp") , symmetrical mass, usually a wheel, mounted so that it can spin about an axis in any direction. When spinning, the gyroscope has special properties. Many spinning objects exhibit some of these properties; the rotation of the earth about its axis gives it t...
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gyroscope

gyroscope 1. An apparatus consisting of a rotating wheel so mounted that its axis can turn freely in certain or all directions, and capable of maintaining the same absolute direction in space in spite of movements of the mountings and surrounding parts. 2. Used to maintain equilibrium, to determine direction, etc.
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gyroscope

Mechanical instrument, used as a stabilizing device and consisting, in its simplest form, of a heavy wheel mounted on an axis. The direction of the axis is stable; if it is displaced, the gyroscope tends to resist the change. Applications of the gyroscope principle include the gyrocompass, the autopilot for automatic control of an aircraft, and...
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gyroscope

[n] - rotating mechanism in the form of a universally mounted spinning wheel that offers resistance to turns in any direction
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