universal joint


Definition of universal joint

: a shaft coupling capable of transmitting rotation from one shaft to another not collinear with it

called also universal coupling

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Examples of universal joint in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Any thoughts? — S.S., Orland Park A: There are myriad causes of vibrations including motor mounts, universal joints, engine cradle misalignment, rim (wheel) run-out and more. Bob Weber, chicagotribune.com, "Top Tier gas worth the top tier price," 16 Sep. 2017 There are two universal joints that are prone to wear, especially in Snow Belt states. Bob Weber, chicagotribune.com, "Gas mileage varies based on octane, geography," 1 July 2017

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First Known Use of universal joint

1856, in the meaning defined above

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“Universal joint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/universal%20joint. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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