Main definitions of gyro in English

: gyro1gyro2

gyro1

noungyros

short for gyroscope or gyrocompass
  • ‘Specialist stands test fuel control units, oil pumps, rate sensors and gyros, turret controls and Electronic Control Units (ECUs).’
  • ‘If autopilot performance is important in the way you use your boat you may wish to inquire about the availability of a gyro sensor for your existing pilot.’
  • ‘The mirror surface of the ball doubles as a solar collector, and everything, the radio control, the laser, targeting, gyros, inertialess drive, all run off the battery.’
  • ‘Their preparation and composure was further tested when pelorus repeats, gyros, GPS and even their sight were removed from their repertoire of navigational aids.’
  • ‘It uses a gyro sensor to measure the vehicle's speed, body lean, and angle of travel, then instantly calculate the rollover risk.’

Pronunciation

gyro

/ˈdʒʌɪrəʊ/

Main definitions of gyro in English

: gyro1gyro2

gyro2

noungyros

North American
  • An item of food made with slices of spiced meat cooked on a spit, served with salad in pitta bread.

    • ‘Sophal cooks the burgers, gyros, and steaks; Tevy rings you up, puts together the salads, brings the hot food to your table.’
    • ‘The food is good and cheap; I usually get a gyro or a slice of sausage pizza with a root beer.’
    • ‘The name has the sound of an early twentieth-century blood-boosting medicine, or of a modern, health-food take on the Greek sandwich, the gyro.’
    • ‘Passing through waves of smells: cheeseburgers, French fries, fried rice, orange chicken, burritos, tacos, pizza with pepperoni, and gyros, your stomach begins to grumble and you find that funny.’
    • ‘Spaghetti from Italy, gyros from Greece, sushi from Japan, egg rolls from China, knockwurst from Germany, burritos from Mexico are offered side by side as typical foods of choice.’
    • ‘A donair is sort of like a gyros but the meat is vaguely identified as beef and the sauce is sweet.’
    • ‘And I tasted gyros in Cyprus, kimchi in Pyongyang, and injera in Addis Ababa.’
    • ‘Most people take the N and W subways to indulge in gyros and moussaka.’
    • ‘This tasty little cross between a gyro and a burrito was delicious.’
    • ‘The gyro and moussaka each have about 800 calories and at least a day's worth of saturated fat.’
    • ‘There's a lot on there - for instance, seemingly every possible permutation of Greek staples like souvlaki and gyros.’
    • ‘In my notebook I described it as a ‘carnival concourse’ offering everything from turkey sausages to gyros to fried twinkes.’
    • ‘Of course, gyro is slightly misleading: It's the Greek word for what the Turks call doner.’
    • ‘I'd like to see him haul forty gyros and twenty-five sides of hummus through town and up six-stories.’
    • ‘The diner offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving traditional American fare, and some Americanized dishes like chicken Parmesan and gyros.’
    • ‘She looks ready to pass out, and she still has not tasted my gyros.’
    • ‘One does have to have a certain mindset, though, one that isn't offended by vicious killings committed by actors with spicy hunks of Greek gyro hanging off their cheeks.’

Origin

1970s from modern Greek guros ‘turning’.

Pronunciation

gyro

/ˈdʒʌɪrəʊ/