universal joint

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n universal joint 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Universal joint (Mach) a contrivance used for joining two shafts or parts of a machine endwise, so that the one may give rotary motion to the other when forming an angle with it, or may move freely in all directions with respect to the other, as by means of a cross connecting the forked ends of the two shafts (Fig. 1). Since this joint can not act when the angle of the shafts is less than 140°, a double joint of the same kind is sometimes used for giving rotary motion at angles less than 140° (Fig. 2).
    • Universal joint See under Fish Miter, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Universal joint a contrivance by which one part of a machine is able to move freely in all directions, as in the ball-and-socket joint
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. joindre—L. jungĕre, junctum.

Usage

In literature:

The drive from the engine is transmitted through a universal joint to a short longitudinal shaft, running on ball bearings.
"British Airships, Past, Present, and Future" by George Whale
In his office was executed the deed which established the joint-stock company of the Universal Bank.
"A Zola Dictionary" by J. G. Patterson
Rearmost of all was a wooden crosspiece to which the shaft of the sledge-meter was attached through a universal joint.
"The Home of the Blizzard" by Douglas Mawson
He invented the universal joint, which can move in many angles.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
University Farm, St. Paul, Joint Session with Horticultural Society.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
Each man or youth grasped a stamp, which was connected with a machine on a sort of universal joint.
"Post Haste" by R.M. Ballantyne
In 1910 came the little two-cylinder machine with fixed tail-plane and universally jointed tail.
"The Aeroplane Speaks" by H. Barber
Universal joint 71 69.
"Practical Mechanics for Boys" by J. S. Zerbe
The next joint meeting of the Menorah Societies of New York will be held at Columbia University on Sunday afternoon, December 26.
"The Menorah Journal, Volume 1, 1915" by Various
Time was when universities were joint estates of the realms they enlightened.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 107, September, 1866" by Various
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In news:

Company announces partnership with Purdue University on joint research project.
The program is offered through a joint effort with Washington State University.
This story was produced as part of a joint venture with Reporting Texas, an online publication at the University of Texas-Austin's School of Journalism.
Entered hotly competitive Mexican television market in April in joint venture with NBC Universal's Telemundo.
Approved in 2011 by the Louisiana Board of Regents -- is offered jointly with the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.
Members of a joint United States Army-University of Montana research team that located a virus that is possibly collapsing honeybee colonies scanning a healthy hive near Missoula, Mont.
Asia Pacific) of the National University of Singapore (NUS), to establish a joint education centre on Humanitarian Logistics.
Community San Bernardino County Loma Linda University Medical Center earns Joint Commission certification to treat 'destination' heart patients.
The statement that follows is being issued jointly by the American Association of University Professors and the Canadian Association of University Teachers.
Hughes, a University of Maryland Baltimore vice president and a former state economic development official, has been tapped to oversee UMB and the University of Maryland, College Park's joint technology transfer initiative.
Panther Sports Talk is a joint production of WEIU and Eastern Illinois University Athletics.
Lee Rubin has been named a joint-replacement surgeon at University Orthopedics.
The new joint, offering burgers, hot dogs, shakes and frozen custard, is now open in Coral Gables, across the University of Miami.
The second the regulators approved the Comcast-NBC Universal joint venture, congressional leaders chimed in.
Students have started to be admitted, faculty members have been hired, and construction has begun on the site that will become the home of Yale University 's first joint college in its 300-year history.
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In science:

This value is different from the value ζdep = 1.25 [33, 40] expected for the randommanifold universality class, and is thus indicating that the periodicity effects are important for this joint values of M and L.
Anisotropic finite-size scaling of an elastic string at the depinning threshold in a random-periodic medium
The first and fourth authors also gratefully acknowledge the EPSRC grant that made possible the visit of Hans Cuypers to the University of Birmingham and joint work on a number of pro jects, including this one.
Lie algebras and 3-transpositions
Acknow ledgment The material presented in this talk is joint work with Andrew Ma jda of New York University.
Proceedings of the 2011 New York Workshop on Computer, Earth and Space Science
Observations reported here were obtained at the MMT Observatory, a joint facility of the Smithsonian Institution and the University of Arizona.
The Multi-Epoch Nearby Cluster Survey: type Ia supernova rate measurement in z~0.1 clusters and the late-time delay time distribution
The WIYN Observatory is a joint facility of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Indiana University, Yale University, and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory.
Kinematics and Chemistry of Stars Along the Sagittarius Trailing Tidal Tail and Constraints on the Milky Way Mass Distribution
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