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gimbals


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gimbal  \Gim"bal\,  or  Gimbals  \Gim"bals\,  n.  [See  {Gimmal},  n.] 
  A  contrivance  for  permitting  a  body  to  incline  freely  in  all 
  directions,  or  for  suspending  anything  as  a  barometer, 
  ship's  compass,  chronometer,  etc.,  so  that  it  will  remain 
  plumb,  or  level,  when  its  support  is  tipped,  as  by  the 
  rolling  of  a  ship.  It  consists  of  a  ring  in  which  the  body 
  can  turn  on  an  axis  through  a  diameter  of  the  ring,  while  the 
  ring  itself  is  so  pivoted  to  its  support  that  it  can  turn 
  about  a  diameter  at  right  angles  to  the  first 
 
  {Gimbal  joint}  (Mach.),  a  universal  joint  embodying  the 
  principle  of  the  gimbal. 
 
  {Gimbal  ring},  a  single  gimbal,  as  that  by  which  the  cockeye 
  of  the  upper  millstone  is  supported  on  the  spindle. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  gimbals 
  n  :  a  contrivance  that  allows  an  object  (such  as  a  ship's 
  compass)  to  remain  horizontal  even  as  its  support  tips 




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