Gimbal



[jim-buh lz, gim-] /ˈdʒɪm bəlz, ˈgɪm-/

noun, (used with a singular verb)
1.
Sometimes, gimbal. a contrivance, consisting of a ring or base on an axis, that permits an object, as a ship’s compass, mounted in or on it to tilt freely in any direction, in effect suspending the object so that it will remain horizontal even when its support is tipped.
/ˈdʒɪmbəlz; ˈɡɪm-/
plural noun
1.
a device, consisting of two or three pivoted rings at right angles to each other, that provides free suspension in all planes for an object such as a gyroscope, compass, chronometer, etc Also called gimbal ring
n.

1570s, “joints, connecting links;” alteration of gemel “twins” (late 14c.), from Old French jumel (Modern French jumeau) “a twin,” from Latin gemellus, diminutive of geminus (see geminate). Related: Gimbals.

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