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gimbal

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noun gim·bal \ˈgim-bəl, ˈjim-\

Definition of gimbal

  1. :  a device that permits a body to incline freely in any direction or suspends it so that it will remain level when its support is tipped —usually used in plural —called also gimbal ring



Did You Know?

One place you might encounter gimbals is on a ship, where they are used to keep compasses and other things level with the horizon in contrast to the pitch and roll of the vessel at sea. The word gimbal is an alteration of "gemel," a word for a type of finger-ring popular in the 16th century that could be divided into two separate rings. The word comes from Anglo-French gemel ("twin"), which in turn comes from Latin gemellus, a diminutive of "geminus," the Latin word for "twin."

Origin of gimbal

alteration of obsolete gemel double ring, from Middle English, from Anglo-French gemel, jomel, from Latin gemellus, diminutive of geminus


First Known Use: circa 1780

Rhymes with gimbal


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gimbal

verb gim·bal

Definition of gimbal

gimballed or gimbaledgimballing or gimbaling

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to provide with or support on gimbals



1875

First Known Use of gimbal

1875


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