- (of metal plates and shapes) rolled in a universal mill.
- (of a rolling mill or rolling method) having or employing vertical edging rolls.
- a general term or concept or the generic nature that such a term signifies; a Platonic idea or Aristotelian form.
- an entity that remains unchanged in character in a series of changes or changing relations.
- Hegelianism.concrete universal.
Origin of universal
- a general term or concept or the type such a term signifies
- a metaphysical entity taken to be the reference of a general term, as distinct from the class of individuals it describesSee also realism (def. 5)
- a Platonic Idea or Aristotelian form
- a universal proposition, statement, or formula
- a universal quantifier
late 14c., from Old French universel (12c.), from Latin universalis "of or belonging to all," from universus "all together, whole, entire" (see universe). In mechanics, a universal joint (1670s) is one which allows free movement in any direction; in theology universalism (1805) is the doctrine of universal salvation (universalist in this sense is attested from 1620s). Universal product code is recorded from 1974.