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Cardan joint

[kahr-dan]
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noun
  1. Machinery. a universal joint consisting of a crosslike piece, opposite ends of which rotate within the forked end of each of the two shafts connected.
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Origin of Cardan joint

1900–05; named after G. Cardano (1501–76), Italian mathematician, its inventor
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British Dictionary definitions for cardan joint

cardan joint

noun
  1. engineering a type of universal joint in a shaft that enables it to rotate when out of alignment
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Word Origin

C20: named after Geronimo Cardan (1501–76), Italian mathematician
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