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 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 There’s a joystick and some buttons, which let the user change how those gimbals move (or control the movement directly). Sean O'kane, The Verge, "DJI’s new $439 Ronin gimbal is made for mirrorless cameras," 17 July 2019 Tyler Pina / The Verge A new entry in DJI’s range of smartphone gimbals has appeared in an FCC listing, suggesting that a follow-up to last year’s DJI Osmo Mobile 2 could be on its way soon. Jon Porter, The Verge, "DJI Osmo Mobile 3 phone stabilizer leaks early," 1 Aug. 2019 DJI Osmo Pocket handheld gimbal - 4K, 60fps for $319.99 (normally $349). Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Dealmaster: All the best Amazon Prime Day 2019 tech deals we can find," 15 July 2019 My father’s day list would have to include a nice drone, gimbal, new camera, soundbar or connected speaker. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "The tech dad really covets, plus some free gift ideas," 16 June 2018 In this video, stunt pilot Spencer Suderman puts the trick to great effect with a GoPro and a gimbal that stabilizes his high-flying action to everything from the ground, to the plane's corkscrew trail. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "A Stabilized Stunt Plane Flight Is More Dizzying Than the Real Thing," 24 Oct. 2016 To make these massive pictures, a photographer uses an automated rotating gimbal made by Gigapan. Chris Clarke, Popular Mechanics, "Get Lost In This 1 Gigapixel Photo Inside the USAF Museum," 30 Jan. 2017 The camera is mounted on a three-axis gimbal, has a flight time of 25 minutes, and shoots 4K HDR video and RAW photos from a 21-megapixel Sony sensor. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "Parrot's New Super-Lightweight Anafi Drone Might Be Ideal for the Casual Vacationer," 6 June 2018

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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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The first known use of gimbal was circa 1780

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