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Related to gyroplane: Gyrocopter, autogyro


An aircraft, such as a helicopter or autogyro, equipped with wings that rotate about an approximately vertical axis.


(Aeronautics) another name for autogiro


or au•to•gy•ro

(ˌɔ təˈdʒaɪ roʊ)

n., pl. -ros.
an aircraft with an unpowered propeller rotating horizontally to provide lift and a powered propeller for forward propulsion.
Also called gyroplane.
[1920–25; formerly a trademark]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gyroplane - an aircraft that is supported in flight by unpowered rotating horizontal wings (or blades)gyroplane - an aircraft that is supported in flight by unpowered rotating horizontal wings (or blades); forward propulsion is provided by a conventional propeller
heavier-than-air craft - a non-buoyant aircraft that requires a source of power to hold it aloft and to propel it
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