from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A device consisting of two rings mounted on axes at right angles to each other so that an object, such as a ship's compass, will remain suspended in a horizontal plane between them regardless of any motion of its support. Often used in the plural. Also called gimbal ring.
  • transitive v. To supply with or support on gimbals.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A device for suspending something, such as a ship's compass, so that it will remain level when its support is tipped.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A contrivance for permitting a body to incline freely in all directions, or for suspending anything, as a barometer, ship's compass, chronometer, etc., so that it will remain plumb, or level, when its support is tipped, as by the rolling of a ship. It consists of a ring in which the body can turn on an axis through a diameter of the ring, while the ring itself is so pivoted to its support that it can turn about a diameter at right angles to the first.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A contrivance, as a ring moving on horizontal pivots, for securing free motion in suspension, or for suspending anything, as a chronometer, so that it may keep a constant position or remain in equilibrium.
  • n. Joined or interlocked work whose parts move within each other, as a bridle-bit or interlocked rings; a gemel-ring.
  • n. A quaint piece of mechanism; a gimcrack.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an appliance that allows an object (such as a ship's compass) to remain horizontal even as its support tips


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Alteration of obsolete gemel, double ring; see gimmal.


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