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gimbal

Syllabification: gim·bal
Pronunciation: /ˈɡimbəl, ˈjim-
 
/

Definition of gimbal in English:

noun

(often gimbals)
A mechanism, typically consisting of rings pivoted at right angles, for keeping an instrument such as a compass or chronometer horizontal in a moving vessel or aircraft.
Example sentences
  • These were a ship's chronometer - a big one in a box, suspended with gimbals like a ship's compass - and two smaller, sturdier, pocket-sized ones.
  • Hydraulic gimbals were engineered to quietly move a 225-ton set around on the head of a pin.
  • A lightweight carbon fiber dome protects the gimbal and sensors.

Origin

late 16th century (used in the plural denoting connecting parts in machinery): variant of earlier gimmal, itself a variant of late Middle English gemel 'twin, hinge, finger ring that can be divided into two rings', from Old French gemel 'twin', from Latin gemellus, diminutive of geminus.

Derivatives

gimbaled

1
(or gimballed) adjective
Example sentences
  • It is fitted on a gimballed mount in the nose of the helicopter, above the radar.
  • The rocket uses four first-stage gimballed engines and one second-stage engine.
  • First stage control was by movable tail fins, while the second stage was equipped with a gimballed nozzle.

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