Cardan shaft

noun

Definition of Cardan shaft

  1. 1 :  a shaft that has a universal joint at one or both ends enabling it to rotate freely when in varying angular relation to another shaft or shafts to which it is joined

  2. 2 :  a shaft (as on a motor vehicle) that transmits power

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Origin and Etymology of cardan shaft

after Jerome Cardan, its inventor


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