Gimbal
Gimbal Gim"bal (g[i^]m"bal), or Gimbals Gim"bals (g[i^]m"balz), n. [See {Gimmal}, n.] A contrivance for permitting a body to incline freely in all directions, or for suspending anything, as a barometer, ship's compass, chronometer, etc., so that it will remain plumb, or level, when its support is tipped, as by the rolling of a ship. It consists of a ring in which the body can turn on an axis through a diameter of the ring, while the ring itself is so pivoted to its support that it can turn about a diameter at right angles to the first. [1913 Webster]

{Gimbal joint} (Mach.), a universal joint embodying the principle of the gimbal.

{Gimbal ring}, a single gimbal, as that by which the cockeye of the upper millstone is supported on the spindle. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • gimbal — [gim′bəl, jim′bəl] n. 〚altered < ME gemelles, twins < L gemellus, dim. of geminus, twin〛 [often pl.] a device consisting of a pivoted ring or rings capable of swinging freely while mounted to a fixed frame, used as to hold a ship s gyroscope… …   Universalium

  • gimbal — [gim′bəl, jim′bəl] n. [altered < ME gemelles, twins < L gemellus, dim. of geminus, twin] [often pl.] a device consisting of a pivoted ring or rings capable of swinging freely while mounted to a fixed frame, used as to hold a ship s… …   English World dictionary

  • gimbal — 1570s, joints, connecting links; alteration of gemel twins (late 14c.), from O.Fr. jumel (Mod. Fr. jumeau) a twin, from L. gemellus, dim. of geminus (see GEMINATE (Cf. geminate)). Related: Gimbals …   Etymology dictionary

  • Gimbal — A gimbal is a pivoted support that allows the rotation of an object about a single axis. A set of two gimbals, one mounted on the other with pivot axes orthogonal, may be used to allow an object mounted on the innermost gimbal to remain vertical… …   Wikipedia

  • gimbal — Kardano pakaba statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. Cardan suspension; gimbal; gimbal suspension vok. Cardanische Aufhängung, f; Kardanaufhängung, f; kardanische Aufhängung, f rus. карданная подвеска, f; карданный подвес, m; подвеска… …   Fizikos terminų žodynas

  • gimbal — I. noun Etymology: alteration of obsolete gemel double ring, from Middle English, from Anglo French gemel, jomel, from Latin gemellus, diminutive of geminus Date: circa 1780 a device that permits a body to incline freely in any direction or… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • gimbal — i. A device with two mutually perpendicular and intersecting axes of rotation, thus giving free angular movement in two directions. ii. In a gyro, a support that provides the spin axis with a degree of rotational freedom. Gyros can be mounted in… …   Aviation dictionary

  • gimbal — Kardano pakaba statusas T sritis automatika atitikmenys: angl. gimbal vok. kardanische Aufhängung, f; Kardanring, m rus. карданный подвес, m; универсальный шарнир, m pranc. articulation à Cardan, f; Cardan, m; charnière universelle, f …   Automatikos terminų žodynas

  • gimbal — noun A device for suspending something, such as a ships compass, so that it will remain level when its support is tipped …   Wiktionary

  • gimbal — 1) a type of mount for an instrument (such as a gyroscope or compass) in which the instrument is free to rotate about two perpendicular axes. 2) a mounting mechanism that provides a means for maintaining a level surface regardless of any motion… …   Mechanics glossary

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