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gimbal

Line breaks: gim¦bal
Pronunciation: /ˈdʒɪmb(ə)l
 
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(also gimbals)

Definition of gimbal in English:

noun

A device for keeping an instrument such as a compass or chronometer horizontal in a moving vessel or aircraft, typically consisting of rings pivoted at right angles.
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 which can be divided into two rings', from Old French gemel 'twin', from Latin gemellus, diminutive of geminus.

Derivatives

gimballed

1
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.

Words that rhyme with gimbal

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

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