American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
- v. To supply with or support on gimbals.
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. The name is most commonly used in the plural, applied to two movable hoops or rings, the one within the other, the outer capable of rotation about a fixed horizontal axis lying in its plane, and the inner capable of rotation about an axis lying in the planes of both rings and perpendicular to the fixed axis. The mariners' compass is suspended by such a contrivance, and, having a free motion in two directions at right angles to each other, it maintains the card in a horizontal position, notwithstanding the rolling of the ship.
- 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.
- n. A device for suspending something, such as a ship's compass, so that it will remain level when its support is tipped.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- n. an appliance that allows an object (such as a ship's compass) to remain horizontal even as its support tips
- Alteration of obsolete gemel, double ring; see gimmal. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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