Cardan shaft

noun

Definition of Cardan shaft

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

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History and Etymology for Cardan shaft

after Jerome Cardan, its inventor

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“Cardan shaft.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Cardan%20shaft. Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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