universal joint
noun Date: 1676 a shaft coupling capable of transmitting rotation from one shaft to another not collinear with it — called also universal coupling

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  • Universal joint — Universal U ni*ver sal, a. [L. universalis: cf. F. universel, OF. also universal. See {Universe}.] 1. Of or pertaining to the universe; extending to, including, or affecting, the whole number, quantity, or space; unlimited; general; all reaching; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Universal joint — Joint Joint (joint), n. [F. joint, fr. joindre, p. p. joint. See {Join}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The place or part where two things or parts are joined or united; the union of two or more smooth or even surfaces admitting of a close fitting or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • universal joint — ► NOUN ▪ a joint which can transmit rotary power by a shaft at any selected angle …   English terms dictionary

  • universal joint — or universal coupling n. a flexible mechanical connection, esp. one used to transmit rotary motion from one shaft to another not in line with it, as in the drive shaft of an automobile …   English World dictionary

  • universal joint — n a part in a machine, at the point where two other parts join together, that can turn in all directions …   Dictionary of contemporary 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

  • universal joint — (UJ) A flexible double pivoted joint that allows driving power to be carried through two shafts that are at an angle to each other. It consists of two Y shaped yokes and a cross shaped member called the spider. The four arms of the spider are… …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • universal joint — Kardano lankstas statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. Cardan joint; Hooke’s coupling; universal joint vok. Kardangelenk, n; Universalgelenk, n; Wellengelenk, n rus. кардан, m; карданный шарнир, m; универсальный шарнир, m pranc. cardan, m;… …   Fizikos terminų žodynas

  • universal joint — noun coupling that connects two rotating shafts allowing freedom of movement in all directions in motor vehicles a universal joint allows the driveshaft to move up and down as the vehicle passes over bumps • Syn: ↑universal • Hypernyms: ↑coupling …   Useful english dictionary

  • universal joint — noun A coupling that allows different parts of a machine not in line with each other some freedom of movement at the same time as transmitting rotary motion. Syn: Cardan joint, cardan joint, Hardy Spicer joint, Hookes joint, U joint, universal… …   Wiktionary

  • universal joint — /junəvɜsəl ˈdʒɔɪnt/ (say yoohnuhversuhl joynt) noun Machinery a joint allowing free movement in all directions within certain limits. Also, universal coupling …   Australian English dictionary

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