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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  • gimbals — /jim beuhlz, gim /, n. (used with a sing. v.) Sometimes, gimbal. a contrivance, consisting of a ring or base on an axis, that permits an object, as a ship s compass, mounted in or on it to tilt freely in any direction, in effect suspending the… …   Universalium

  • gimbals — gim·bals || dʒɪmbÉ™lz , gɪm n. device that holds a ship s compass in an upright position …   English contemporary dictionary

  • gimbals — gim•bals [[t]ˈdʒɪm bəlz, ˈgɪm [/t]] n. (used with a sing. v.) mac Sometimes, gimbal. a contrivance, consisting of a base on an axis, that permits an object, as a ship s compass, mounted on it to tilt freely in any direction. Also called gim′bal… …   From formal English to slang

  • gimbals — /ˈdʒɪmbəlz/ (say jimbuhlz) plural noun a contrivance for keeping a suspended object, as a ship s compass, horizontal. {plural of gimbal (now used only attributively and in compounds), variant of gimmal, Middle English gemel, from Old French:… …   Australian English dictionary

  • gimbals —   pl. pl. contrivance of rings allowing supported body (e.g. ship s compass) to tip in any direction …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • gimbals — a contrivance, usu. of rings and pivots, for keeping instruments such as a compass and chronometer horizontal at sea, in the air, etc. Etymology: var. of earlier gimmal f. OF gemel double finger ring f. L gemellus dimin. of geminus twin * * …   Useful english dictionary

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