gimbals

[ jim-buhlz, gim- ]
/ ˈdʒɪm bəlz, ˈgɪm- /

noun (used with a singular verb)

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.

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Also called gimbal ring .

Origin of gimbals

First recorded in 1570–80; alteration of gimmal
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British Dictionary definitions for gimbals

gimbals
/ (ˈdʒɪmbəlz, ˈɡɪm-) /

pl n

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

Word Origin for gimbals

C16: variant of earlier gimmal finger ring, from Old French gemel, from Latin gemellus, diminutive of geminus twin
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