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gimbal Syllabification: gim·bal
Pronunciation: /ˈɡimb(ə)l/

Definition of gimbal in English:


(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.


(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.


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.

Words that rhyme with gimbal

Abu Simbel, cymbal, nimble, symbol, thimble, timbal
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