universal joint

universal joint or universal coupling
n.
a flexible mechanical connection, esp. one used to transmit rotary motion from one shaft to another not in line with it, as in the drive shaft of an automobile

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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  • Universal joint — Joint Joint (joint), n. [F. joint, fr. joindre, p. p. joint. See {Join}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The place or part where two things or parts are joined or united; the union of two or more smooth or even surfaces admitting of a close fitting or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Universal joint — Universal U ni*ver sal, a. [L. universalis: cf. F. universel, OF. also universal. See {Universe}.] 1. Of or pertaining to the universe; extending to, including, or affecting, the whole number, quantity, or space; unlimited; general; all reaching; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • universal joint — ► NOUN ▪ a joint which can transmit rotary power by a shaft at any selected angle …   English terms dictionary

  • universal joint — n a part in a machine, at the point where two other parts join together, that can turn in all directions …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Universal joint — A universal joint, U joint, Cardan joint, Hardy Spicer joint, or Hooke s joint is a joint in a rigid rod that allows the rod to bend in any direction, and is commonly used in shafts that transmit rotary motion. It consists of a pair of ordinary… …   Wikipedia

  • universal joint — (UJ) A flexible double pivoted joint that allows driving power to be carried through two shafts that are at an angle to each other. It consists of two Y shaped yokes and a cross shaped member called the spider. The four arms of the spider are… …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • universal joint — Kardano lankstas statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. Cardan joint; Hooke’s coupling; universal joint vok. Kardangelenk, n; Universalgelenk, n; Wellengelenk, n rus. кардан, m; карданный шарнир, m; универсальный шарнир, m pranc. cardan, m;… …   Fizikos terminų žodynas

  • universal joint — noun coupling that connects two rotating shafts allowing freedom of movement in all directions in motor vehicles a universal joint allows the driveshaft to move up and down as the vehicle passes over bumps • Syn: ↑universal • Hypernyms: ↑coupling …   Useful english dictionary

  • universal joint — noun A coupling that allows different parts of a machine not in line with each other some freedom of movement at the same time as transmitting rotary motion. Syn: Cardan joint, cardan joint, Hardy Spicer joint, Hookes joint, U joint, universal… …   Wiktionary

  • universal joint — /junəvɜsəl ˈdʒɔɪnt/ (say yoohnuhversuhl joynt) noun Machinery a joint allowing free movement in all directions within certain limits. Also, universal coupling …   Australian English dictionary

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