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gyroscope

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Definition rotating mechanism in the form of a universally mounted spinning wheel that offers resistance to turns in any direction
  • The gyroscopes enable us to maintain precise orientation while digging the tunnel.
  • She re-orients herself as quickly as a gyroscope.
  • The missile had a gyroscopic failure.
  • He was a gyroscope of blows, a whirlwind of destruction.
    Jack London  --  The Night-Born
  • To "GYRE" is to go round and round like a gyroscope.
    Lewis Carroll  --  Through the Looking-Glass
  • gyroscope = a rotating mechanism that looks a little like the children's toy that is called a "top"
  • They're the gyroscope that stabilizes the rocket plane of state on its unswerving course.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • The hours go by and you lose your gyroscope; your mind starts to roam.
    Tim O'Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • I felt like one of those gyroscope toys, spinning and wobbling as I crossed the narrow plank.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • Gyroscopic crystals in the binoculars hummed slightly as they stabilized the optics and swept the area in a programmed search pattern.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • In the back of the drawer you could find a magnifying glass, a kaleidoscope, and a gyroscope kept in a black buckram box, which he would set dancing for us on a string pulled tight.
    Eudora Welty  --  One Writer's Beginnings
  • Even after enormous upheavals and seemingly irrevocable changes, the same pattern has always reasserted itself, just as a gyroscope will always return to equilibrium, however far it is pushed one way or the other.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Rising on a rock face was cause for an inner jubilation that, perhaps because it could not find an exit past the discipline and caution necessary to stay on, spun like the gleaming armature of an electric motor and stabilized the soul of the climber as surely as if it had been a gyroscope.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • And just as I was finally starting to catch on to magnetism, gyroscopic particles, and zero-point energy, I felt someone standing behind me.
    Wendelin Van Draanen  --  Flipped
  • The windwagon rocked gently on its way, the rumble of the great wheel and the hum of the main gyroscope a lu! ling background noise.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Even after enormous upheavals and seemingly irrevocable changes, the same pattern has always reasserted itself, just as a gyroscope will always return to equilibrium, however far it is pushed one way or the other.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • From where he stood, panting from exertion, the Consul could hear the snap of pennants far above and a steady, almost subsonic hum that would be coming from either the ship's interior flywheel or its massive gyroscopes.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion

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