wander

The movement of the spin axis of a gyroscope from its original position. Its value is the maximum at the poles and the least at the equator. This is one of the errors or shortfalls in a gyroscope.
Gyro α at position 1 has its spin axis aligned with true North. The gyro maintains its alignment in space, the direction of true North relative to the gyro changes as the earth rotates and the observer’s position in space moves through positions 2 and 3 to 4. This is apparent wander. Its value is zero at equator and increases as one moves toward the poles where it is maximum.

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  • Wander — Wan der, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Wandered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wandering}.] [OE. wandren, wandrien, AS. wandrian; akin to G. wandern to wander; fr. AS. windan to turn. See {Wind} to turn.] [1913 Webster] 1. To ramble here and there without any certain …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wander — (v.) O.E. wandrian move about aimlessly, wander, from W.Gmc. *wandrojan (Cf. O.Fris. wondria, M.L.G., M.Du. wanderen, Ger. wandern to wander, a variant form of the root represented in O.H.G. wantalon to walk, wander ), from root *wend to turn… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • wander — [wän′dər] vi. [ME wandren < OE wandrian, akin to Ger wandern, akin ? to WEND, WIND1] 1. to move or go about aimlessly, without plan or fixed destination; ramble; roam 2. to go to a destination in a casual way or by an indirect route; idle;… …   English World dictionary

  • Wander — Wan der, v. t. To travel over without a certain course; to traverse; to stroll through. [R.] [Elijah] wandered this barren waste. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wander — index digress, perambulate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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  • wander — wan|der1 S3 [ˈwɔndə US ˈwa:ndər] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(without direction)¦ 2¦(move away)¦ 3¦(mind/thoughts)¦ 4¦(conversation)¦ 5 somebody s mind is wandering 6¦(eyes)¦ 7¦(road/river)¦ 8¦(hands)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [: Old English; Origin: wandrian] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • wander — I UK [ˈwɒndə(r)] / US [ˈwɑndər] verb Word forms wander : present tense I/you/we/they wander he/she/it wanders present participle wandering past tense wandered past participle wandered ** 1) [intransitive/transitive] to travel from place to place …   English dictionary

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