Main definitions of gyro in English

: gyro1gyro2

gyro1

noun

  • short for gyroscope or gyrocompass
    • ‘Specialist stands test fuel control units, oil pumps, rate sensors and gyros, turret controls and Electronic Control Units (ECUs).’
    • ‘It uses a gyro sensor to measure the vehicle's speed, body lean, and angle of travel, then instantly calculate the rollover risk.’
    • ‘Their preparation and composure was further tested when pelorus repeats, gyros, GPS and even their sight were removed from their repertoire of navigational aids.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Main definitions of gyro in English

: gyro1gyro2

gyro2

noun

North american
  • A sandwich made with slices of spiced meat cooked on a spit, served with salad in pita bread.

    • ‘In my notebook I described it as a ‘carnival concourse’ offering everything from turkey sausages to gyros to fried twinkes.’
    • ‘Sophal cooks the burgers, gyros, and steaks; Tevy rings you up, puts together the salads, brings the hot food to your table.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She looks ready to pass out, and she still has not tasted my gyros.’
    • ‘And I tasted gyros in Cyprus, kimchi in Pyongyang, and injera in Addis Ababa.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A donair is sort of like a gyros but the meat is vaguely identified as beef and the sauce is sweet.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The food is good and cheap; I usually get a gyro or a slice of sausage pizza with a root beer.’
    • ‘This tasty little cross between a gyro and a burrito was delicious.’
    • ‘Most people take the N and W subways to indulge in gyros and moussaka.’
    • ‘The diner offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving traditional American fare, and some Americanized ethnic dishes like chicken Parmesan and gyros.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

1970s: from modern Greek guros turning.