Definition of gyrocopter in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈjīrəˌkäptər/


A small, light single-seater autogiro.
Example sentences
  • A helicopter's rotor is powered but a gyrocopter's rotor is passive.
  • In the air, the car would function as a gyrocopter, using a conventional propeller to provide thrust and helicopter-style rotors for lift.
  • The gyrocopter is believed to have taken off from a local airfield and the identities of the deceased are due to be released today.


From gyro- 'relating to rotation', on the pattern of helicopter.

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Syllabification: gy·ro·cop·ter

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