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Meaning of UNIVERSAL

Pronunciation:  `yoonu'vursul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  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"
  2. [adj]  of worldwide scope or applicability; "an issue of cosmopolitan import"; "the shrewdest political and ecumenical comment of our time"- Christopher Morley; "universal experience"

UNIVERSAL is a 9 letter word that starts with U.


 Synonyms: comprehensive, cosmopolitan, ecumenical, general, oecumenical, universal joint, worldwide
 See Also: coupler, coupling, drive line, drive line system



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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; all-pervading; as,
       universal ruin; universal good; universal benevolence or
       benefice. ``Anointed universal King.'' --Milton.
             The universal cause Acts not by partial, but by
             general laws.                         --Pope.
             This universal frame began.           --Dryden.
    Note: Universal and its derivatives are used in common
          discourse for general and its derivatives. See
    2. Constituting or considered as a whole; total; entire;
       whole; as, the universal world. --Shak.
             At which the universal host up dent A shout that
             tore Hell's concave.                  --Milton.
    3. (Mech.) Adapted or adaptable to all or to various uses,
       shapes, sizes, etc.; as, a universal milling machine.
    4. (Logic) Forming the whole of a genus; relatively unlimited
       in extension; affirmed or denied of the whole of a
       subject; as, a universal proposition; -- opposed to
       {particular}; e. g. (universal affirmative) All men are
       animals; (universal negative) No men are omniscient.
    {Universal chuck} (Mach.), a chuck, as for a lathe, having
       jaws which can be moved simultaneously so as to grasp
       objects of various sizes.
    {Universal church}, the whole church of God in the world; the
       catholic church. See the Note under {Catholic}, a., 1.
    {Universal coupling}. (Mach.) Same as {Universal joint},
    {Universal dial}, a dial by which the hour may be found in
       any part of the world, or under any elevation of the pole.
    {Universal instrument} (Astron.), a species of altitude and
       azimuth instrument, the peculiarity of which is, that the
       object end of the telescope is placed at right angles to
       the eye end, with a prism of total reflection at the
       angle, and the eye end constitutes a portion of the
       horizontal axis of the instrument, having the eyepiece at
       the pivot and in the center of the altitude circle, so
       that the eye has convenient access to both at the same
    {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[deg], a
       double joint of the same kind is sometimes used for giving
       rotary motion at angles less than 140[deg] (Fig. 2).
    {Universal umbel} (Bot.), a primary or general umbel; the
       first or largest set of rays in a compound umbel; --
       opposed to partial umbel. A universal involucre is not
       unfrequently placed at the foot of a universal umbel.
    Syn: General; all; whole; total. See {General}.
  2. \U`ni*ver"sal\, n.
    1. The whole; the general system of the universe; the
       universe. [Obs.]
             Plato calleth God the cause and original, the nature
             and reason, of the universal.         --Sir W.
    2. (Logic)
       (a) A general abstract conception, so called from being
           universally applicable to, or predicable of, each
           individual or species contained under it.
       (b) A universal proposition. See {Universal}, a., 4.