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 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 ring — noun see gimbal I …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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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 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 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

  • 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

  • Gemel ring — Gemel Gem el, n. 1. One of the twins. [Obs.] Wyclif. [1913 Webster] 2. (Heb.) One of the barrulets placed parallel and closed to each other. Cf. {Bars gemel}, under {Gemel}, a. [1913 Webster] Two gemels silver between two griffins passant. Strype …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

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