gim·​bal | \ ˈgim-bəl How to pronounce gimbal (audio) , ˈjim- How to pronounce gimbal (audio) \

Definition of gimbal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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


gimballed or gimbaled; gimballing or gimbaling

Definition of gimbal (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to provide with or support on gimbals

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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."

Examples of gimbal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This enables attaching a microphone to a phone on a gimbal, which prior editions wouldn't allow. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Phone photographers get a new tool for steady shots: DJI changes name, style of its smartphone gimbal," 26 Aug. 2020 For the many scenes that take place in and around the navigating bridge outside the pilot house, the filmmaker built a set on a gimbal and matched it to the real ship down in Baton Rouge. Ruth Kinane,, "Tom Hanks and Greyhound director on ensuring authenticity in the World War II drama," 10 July 2020 In reality, serious video shooters will still almost certainly want to use an external solution like a gimbal to smooth out their footage. Popular Science, "Sony tried to build the perfect camera for YouTubers," 27 May 2020 DJI Osmo Mobile 3 smartphone gimbal for $99 at Amazon and DJI (normally $119). Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Apple’s AirPods and wireless charging case are down to a new low on Amazon," 16 Apr. 2020 The Mini’s camera sits on a three-axis mechanical gimbal, so the video is very steady. Dallas News, "DJI Mavic Mini vs. Mavic Air: Which drone is right for you?," 2 Jan. 2020 The grip is comfortable with more of an angle leading to the gimbal than in the previous models. Becca Farsace, The Verge, "The DJI Osmo Mobile 3 finally fits in your bag," 19 Aug. 2019 On the Ronin SC, Force Mobile will let users stand up to 82 feet away and move their smartphones around to control where the camera and gimbal are pointing. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "DJI’s new $439 Ronin gimbal is made for mirrorless cameras," 17 July 2019 In one corner of the studio, half of a life-size sailboat was mounted ten feet high on a gimbal, a mechanism that would toss and turn the boat like a mechanical bull, while a cyclorama projected a tempestuous curved backdrop around it. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "Adam Driver, the Original Man," 21 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Much of what has made DJI gimbals great remains in the Osmo Mobile 3, but the company made this device more compact and more affordable at $119. Valentina Palladino And Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: The most useful gadgets to have in your bag while traveling," 20 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of gimbal


circa 1780, in the meaning defined above


1875, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gimbal


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

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“Gimbal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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