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universal joint

noun, Machinery
a coupling between rotating shafts set at an angle to one another, allowing for rotation in three planes.
Also called universal, universal coupling.
Origin of universal joint
1670-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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universal joint

a form of coupling between two rotating shafts allowing freedom of angular movement in all directions
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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