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Definition: universal joint
n : coupling that connects two rotating shafts allowing freedom
of movement in all directions; “in motor vehicles a
universal joint allows the driveshaft to move up and down
as the vehicle passes over bumps”
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Definition: Universal joint
(joint), n. [F. joint, fr. joindre, p. p. joint.
1. The place or part where two things or parts are joined or
united; the union of two or more smooth or even surfaces
admitting of a close-fitting or junction; junction; as, a
joint between two pieces of timber; a joint in a pipe.
2. A joining of two things or parts so as to admit of motion;
an articulation, whether movable or not; a hinge; as, the
knee joint; a node or joint of a stem; a ball and socket
joint. See Articulation
A scaly gauntlet now, with joints of steel,
Must glove this hand. --Shak.
To tear thee joint by joint. --Milton.
3. The part or space included between two joints, knots,
nodes, or articulations; as, a joint of cane or of a grass
stem; a joint of the leg.
4. Any one of the large pieces of meat, as cut into portions
by the butcher for roasting.
5. (Geol.) A plane of fracture, or divisional plane, of a
rock transverse to the stratification.
6. (Arch.) The space between the adjacent surfaces of two
bodies joined and held together, as by means of cement,
mortar, etc.; as, a thin joint.
7. The means whereby the meeting surfaces of pieces in a
structure are secured together.
a notch.] A projecting or retreating part in
something; any irregularity of line or surface, as in a
wall. [Now Chiefly U. S.]
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
9. (Theaters) A narrow piece of scenery used to join together
two flats or wings of an interior setting.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
10. a disreputable establishment, or a place of low resort,
as for smoking opium; -- also used for a commercial
establishment, implying a less than impeccable
reputation, but often in jest; as, talking about a
high-class joint is an oxymoron. [Slang]
[Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]
11. a marijuana cigarette. [Slang]
12. prison; -- used with “the”
. [Slang] “ he spent five
years in the joint.”
(Masonry), the mortar joint between two
courses of bricks or stones.
, Miter joint
, Universal joint
, etc. See
, a bolt for fastening two pieces, as of wood,
one endwise to the other, having a nut embedded in one of
(Railroad), the chair that supports the ends of
, a universal joint for coupling shafting.
See under Universal
, a hinge having long leaves; a strap hinge.
, a re["e]nforce at a joint, to sustain the
parts in their true relation.
(a) A stool consisting of jointed parts; a folding stool.
(b) A block for supporting the end of a piece at a joint;
a joint chair.
Out of joint
, out of place; dislocated, as when the head of
a bone slips from its socket; hence, not working well
together; disordered. “The time is out of joint.”
, a. [L. universalis: cf. F. universel,
OF. also universal. See Universe
1. Of or pertaining to the universe; extending to, including,
or affecting, the whole number, quantity, or space;
unlimited; general; all-reaching; all-pervading; as,
universal ruin; universal good; universal benevolence or
benefice. “Anointed universal King.”
The universal cause
Acts not by partial, but by general laws. --Pope.
This universal frame began. --Dryden.
Note: Universal and its derivatives are used in common
discourse for general and its derivatives. See
2. Constituting or considered as a whole; total; entire;
whole; as, the universal world. --Shak.
At which the universal host up dent
A shout that tore Hell's concave. --Milton.
3. (Mech.) Adapted or adaptable to all or to various uses,
shapes, sizes, etc.; as, a universal milling machine.
4. (Logic) Forming the whole of a genus; relatively unlimited
in extension; affirmed or denied of the whole of a
subject; as, a universal proposition; -- opposed to
; e. g. (universal affirmative) All men are
animals; (universal negative) No men are omniscient.
(Mach.), a chuck, as for a lathe, having
jaws which can be moved simultaneously so as to grasp
objects of various sizes.
, the whole church of God in the world; the
catholic church. See the Note under Catholic
, a., 1.
. (Mach.) Same as Universal joint
, a dial by which the hour may be found in
any part of the world, or under any elevation of the pole.
(Astron.), a species of altitude and
azimuth instrument, the peculiarity of which is, that the
object end of the telescope is placed at right angles to
the eye end, with a prism of total reflection at the
angle, and the eye end constitutes a portion of the
horizontal axis of the instrument, having the eyepiece at
the pivot and in the center of the altitude circle, so
that the eye has convenient access to both at the same
(Mach.), a contrivance used for joining two
shafts or parts of a machine endwise, so that the one may
give rotary motion to the other when forming an angle with
it, or may move freely in all directions with respect to
the other, as by means of a cross connecting the forked
ends of the two shafts (Fig. 1). Since this joint can not
act when the angle of the shafts is less than 140[deg], a
double joint of the same kind is sometimes used for giving
rotary motion at angles less than 140[deg] (Fig. 2).
(Bot.), a primary or general umbel; the
first or largest set of rays in a compound umbel; --
opposed to partial umbel. A universal involucre is not
unfrequently placed at the foot of a universal umbel.
Syn: General; all; whole; total. See General