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
Alteration of obsolete gemel, double ring; see gimmal.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)