Cardan joint

[ kahr-dan ]
/ ˈkɑr dæn /


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.

Origin of Cardan joint

1900–05; named after G. Cardano (1501–76), Italian mathematician, its inventor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for cardan joint

cardan joint

/ (ˈkɑːdæn) /


engineering a type of universal joint in a shaft that enables it to rotate when out of alignment

Word Origin for cardan joint

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

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