gyro definition by Webster's New World
- a sort of loaf consisting of layers of lamb or lamb and beef, roasted, as on a vertical spit, and sliced
- a sandwich consisting of slices of this meat, onions, tomatoes, etc. wrapped in a pita
Origin of gyro; from Modern Greek gyros, a circle (from rotating meat on a spit), wrongly taken as a plural
- gyrating: gyroscope
- gyroscope: gyrocompass
Origin of gyro-; from Classical Greek gyros, a circle: see gyrate
gyro definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A gyroscope.
- A gyrocompass.
Origin of gyroFrom Modern Greek gýros, a turning, gyro meat (partial loan translation of Turkish d&odie;ner (kebap), turning (kebab) , from the turning of the meat on a spit ), from Greek gūros, circle; perhaps akin to Armenian kor, bent, curved, and ku&rdot;n, back (of the body).
- Spinning: gyromagnetic.
- Circle; spiral: gyroplane.
- Gyroscopic: gyrostabilizer.
Origin of gyro-Greek gūro-, circular, from gūros, circle.
gyro definition by Wiktionary
The correct pronunciation of this word is much disputed; pronunciation /ˈdʒaɪɹoʊ/ is often proscribed, although all three are acceptable. (The modern Greek pronunciation is /ˈjiːɾos/.)
From Greek γύρος (gýros); from the turning of the meat on a spit.