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[gim-uh l, jim-uh l]
  1. 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 (orig. in plural) twin, Middle English gemelles (< Old French gemeles) < Latin gemellus (singular), diminutive of geminus twin
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Historical Examples of 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).