[ gim-uhl, jim-uhl ]
/ ˈgɪm əl, ˈdʒɪm əl /
any of various joints for transmitting motion between rotating parts, as in a timepiece.
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Origin of gimmal
1520–30; alteration of gemel (originally in plural) twin, Middle English gemelles (<Old French gemeles) <Latin gemellus (singular), diminutive of geminus twin
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Example sentences from the Web for gimmal
Such rings were known as Gemel or Gimmal rings, the word being derived from the Latin gemellus, twins.Rambles of an Archaeologist Among Old Books and in Old Places|Frederick William Fairholt
In the 17th century we find numerous allusions to gimmal rings (variously spelt).The Romance of Words (4th ed.)|Ernest Weekley