[ 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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Example sentences from the Web for gimbals
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.
British Dictionary definitions for gimbals
/ (ˈdʒɪmbəlz, ˈɡɪm-) /
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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