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 Going viral on TikTok or shooting a stellar Instagram Story will be much easier with the help of this gimbal. Louryn Stramp, Wired, 22 June 2021 The person said the Pixel 6 will feature a new gimbal-like steady camera mode. Chris Smith, BGR, 28 May 2021 Interiors of key locations were moved to a soundstage and built on a giant gimbal in order to recreate the turbulent winter sea. Daron James, Los Angeles Times, 31 Mar. 2021 Fornasier uses a smartphone, stabilizing gimbal, and a pair of headphones to create the best virtual connection possible with his guests. Emily Wright,, 10 Feb. 2021 Now, because of the gimbal, even an amateur could come home with buttery-smooth aerial action shots of a mountain biker ripping down singletrack. Brent Rose, Popular Mechanics, 12 Jan. 2021 The gimbal took up a huge amount of floorspace in the soundstage and was a massive construct. Tom Hanks, Los Angeles Times, 18 Jan. 2021 Just below the new light is a gimbal that holds the 12-megapixel camera, which offers an 83-degree field of view and can capture 4K video at up to 30 frames per second. Jason Cipriani, CNN Underscored, 15 Dec. 2020 While most cameras have some degree of stabilization built in, there’s no easier way to get smooth and seamless motion than a gimbal. Gabrielle Hondorp, Popular Mechanics, 25 Sep. 2020 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, 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 24 Sep. 2021.

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