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A device consisting of a spinning mass, typically a disk or wheel, usually mounted on a gimbal so that its axis can turn freely in one or more directions and thereby maintain its orientation regardless of any movement of the base.

gy′ro·scop′ic (-skŏp′ĭk) adj.
gy′ro·scop′i·cal·ly adv.
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Adj.1.gyroscopic - having the characteristics of a gyroscope


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