[jim-buh lz, gim-]
- 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 object so that it will remain horizontal even when its support is tipped.
Origin of gimbals
First recorded in 1570–80; alteration of gimmal
Also called gimbal ring.
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The four pistons are carried upon the gimbal ring, which connects, by means of pivots, the two chair couplings.
Gimbal, gim′bal, n. a contrivance for suspending the mariner's compass, so as to keep it always horizontal.
- a device, consisting of two or three pivoted rings at right angles to each other, that provides free suspension in all planes for an object such as a gyroscope, compass, chronometer, etcAlso called: gimbal ring
C16: variant of earlier gimmal finger ring, from Old French gemel, from Latin gemellus, diminutive of geminus twin
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Word Origin and History for gimbal
1570s, "joints, connecting links;" alteration of gemel "twins" (late 14c.), from Old French jumel (Modern French jumeau) "a twin," from Latin gemellus, diminutive of geminus (see geminate). Related: Gimbals.
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