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gimbals

[jim-buh lz, gim-] /ˈdʒɪm bəlz, ˈgɪm-/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
1.
Sometimes, gimbal. a contrivance, consisting of a ring or base on an axis, that permits an object, as a ship's compass, mounted in or on it to tilt freely in any direction, in effect suspending the object so that it will remain horizontal even when its support is tipped.
Also called gimbal ring.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; alteration of gimmal
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Examples for gimbals
  • The gimbals must be capable of carrying launch loads through their output bearings for the launch phase.
  • The table gimbals can be positioned with an accuracy of a few arcseconds of angle.
British Dictionary definitions for gimbals

gimbals

/ˈdʒɪmbəlz; ˈɡɪm-/
plural noun
1.
a device, consisting of two or three pivoted rings at right angles to each other, that provides free suspension in all planes for an object such as a gyroscope, compass, chronometer, etc Also called gimbal ring
Word Origin
C16: variant of earlier gimmal finger ring, from Old French gemel, from Latin gemellus, diminutive of geminus twin
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