- (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
Examples from the Web for universal
“I care about what the universal sense of the film is,” she says.
Most people know the Universal Life Church as a quick and easy place to get ordained without leaving your couch.
The last arm of the bill is universal e-prescribing for all prescriptions.No More Paper Prescriptions: Docs Fight Fraud by Going Electronic|Dale Eisinger|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Tosi has been using cereal milk as a flavor ever since 2007, and she says it taps into a universal “memory sensor.”
I'm to be at his Universal bungalow at twelve-thirty for lunch, to meet him for the first time, going to see a man about a job.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Thus by the universal improvement would be engendered a universal discontent.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
The stillness and universal silence began at last to make the boys uneasy.Frederick The Great and His Family|L. Muhlbach
A woman-question play, called 'Success,' this one, and one on Universal Peace.Bambi|Marjorie Benton Cooke
And, when she resigned her last breath, it was with the tears and universal lamentations of her people.Lives of Celebrated Women|Samuel Griswold Goodrich
It was in this reign of universal religious toleration that the Christian religion was brought forth and developed.
British Dictionary definitions for 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
Word Origin and History for universal
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.