universal joint


nounMachinery.
  1. a coupling between rotating shafts set at an angle to one another, allowing for rotation in three planes.

Origin of universal joint

1
First recorded in 1670–80

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How to use universal joint in a sentence

  • Rearmost of all was a wooden crosspiece to which the shaft of the sledge-meter was attached through a universal joint.

    The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson
  • Harry worked hard for some ten or fifteen minutes to get the universal joint firmly bolted to the eye of the anchor.

    Thin Edge | Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Protruding from a special port was a heavy-duty universal joint with special attachments.

    Thin Edge | Gordon Randall Garrett
  • This lever is mounted on a universal joint, and can be moved from side to side as well as to and fro.

    Learning to Fly | Claude Grahame-White
  • The mitre is a universal joint, used for connecting angles of timber as in the case of picture frames.

British Dictionary definitions for universal joint

universal joint

noun
  1. a form of coupling between two rotating shafts allowing freedom of angular movement in all directions

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