Definition of gyrocopter in English:

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gyrocopter

Pronunciation: /ˈdʒʌɪrə(ʊ)kɒptə/

noun

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.

Origin

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

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Line breaks: gyro|cop¦ter

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