Gimbal joint
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]


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  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gimbal ring — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 expansion joint — a gimbal expansion joint is designed to permit angular rotation in any plane by the use of two pairs of hinges affixed to a common floating gimbal ring. The gimbal ring, hinges and pins must be designed to restrain the thrust of the expansion… …   Mechanics glossary

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  • Gimmal joint — Gimmal Gim mal, a. Made or consisting of interlocked rings or links; as, gimmal mail. [1913 Webster] In their pale dull mouths the gimmal bit Lies foul with chewed grass. Shak. [1913 Webster] {Gimmal joint}. See {Gimbal joint}, under {Gimbal} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Universal joint — A universal joint, U joint, Cardan joint, Hardy Spicer joint, or Hooke s joint is a joint in a rigid rod that allows the rod to bend in any direction, and is commonly used in shafts that transmit rotary motion. It consists of a pair of ordinary… …   Wikipedia

  • Canfield joint — The Canfield joint is a mechanism that allows for full hemispherical motion from whatever connects to it. Invented by Dr. Stephen Canfield of the Tennessee Tech University, this revolutionary joint was developed specifically for spacecraft… …   Wikipedia

  • Gimbals — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gimmal — Gim mal, a. Made or consisting of interlocked rings or links; as, gimmal mail. [1913 Webster] In their pale dull mouths the gimmal bit Lies foul with chewed grass. Shak. [1913 Webster] {Gimmal joint}. See {Gimbal joint}, under {Gimbal} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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