gyrocompass
noun Date: 1910 a compass consisting of a continuously driven gyroscope whose spinning axis is confined to a horizontal plane so that the earth's rotation causes it to assume a position parallel to the earth's axis and thus point to the true north

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  • gyrocompass — A compass that utilizes a gyro and its properties of rigidity in space. A gyrocompass is independent of magnetism and will attempt to align itself with the celestial meridian. However, it requires a steady source of motive power and is subject to …   Aviation dictionary

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  • gyrocompass — giroskopinis kompasas statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. gyrocompass; gyroscopic compass vok. Kreiselkompaß, m rus. гирокомпас, m; гироскопический компас, m pranc. boussole gyroscopique, f; compas gyroscopique, m …   Fizikos terminų žodynas

  • gyrocompass — /juy roh kum peuhs/, n. a navigational compass containing a gyroscope rotor, that, when adjusted for the latitude and speed of the vessel or aircraft, indicates the direction of true north along the surface of the earth or communicates this… …   Universalium

  • gyrocompass — noun A north seeking form of gyroscope used as a directional reference in navigation …   Wiktionary

  • gyrocompass — gy·ro·com·pass || dÊ’aɪərəʊ‚kÊŒmpÉ™s n. navigational compass containing a gyroscope which points in the direction of true north …   English contemporary dictionary

  • gyrocompass — noun a compass in which the direction of true north is maintained by a gyroscope rather than magnetism …   English new terms dictionary

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