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Recent Examples of gimbal from the Web
Airplane night vision systems To use night vision systems from above, the sensors are mounted in a gimbal, a support that keeps an object in its center steady despite movement and vibration.
Hall mounted an array of lasers on a spinning gimbal.
The gimbal is mounted beneath the plane so the night vision sensors look down at the ground and capture images in the dark as the plane flies over.
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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 and Etymology of gimbal
First Known Use: circa 1780See Words from the same year
First Known Use of gimbal
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