universal joint

noun Machinery.

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

Origin of universal joint

First recorded in 1670–80
Also called universal, universal coupling.
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British Dictionary definitions for universal coupling

universal joint

universal coupling


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