pl. pl. contrivance of rings allowing supported body (e.g. ship's compass) to tip in any direction.

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  • Gimbals — Gimbal Gim bal (g[i^]m bal), or Gimbals Gim bals (g[i^]m balz), n. [See {Gimmal}, 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gimbals — /jim beuhlz, gim /, n. (used with a sing. v.) Sometimes, gimbal. a contrivance, consisting of a ring or base on an axis, that permits an object, as a ship s compass, mounted in or on it to tilt freely in any direction, in effect suspending the… …   Universalium

  • gimbals — gim·bals || dʒɪmbÉ™lz , gɪm n. device that holds a ship s compass in an upright position …   English contemporary dictionary

  • gimbals — gim•bals [[t]ˈdʒɪm bəlz, ˈgɪm [/t]] n. (used with a sing. v.) mac Sometimes, gimbal. a contrivance, consisting of a base on an axis, that permits an object, as a ship s compass, mounted on it to tilt freely in any direction. Also called gim′bal… …   From formal English to slang

  • gimbals — /ˈdʒɪmbəlz/ (say jimbuhlz) plural noun a contrivance for keeping a suspended object, as a ship s compass, horizontal. {plural of gimbal (now used only attributively and in compounds), variant of gimmal, Middle English gemel, from Old French:… …  

  • gimbals — a contrivance, usu. of rings and pivots, for keeping instruments such as a compass and chronometer horizontal at sea, in the air, etc. Etymology: var. of earlier gimmal f. OF gemel double finger ring f. L gemellus dimin. of geminus twin * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • Gimbal — A gimbal is a pivoted support that allows the rotation of an object about a single axis. A set of two gimbals, one mounted on the other with pivot axes orthogonal, may be used to allow an object mounted on the innermost gimbal to remain vertical… …   Wikipedia

  • gim|bal — «JIHM buhl, GIHM », noun, verb, balled, bal|ling or baled, bal|ing. –n. = gimbals. (Cf. ↑gimbals) –v.t. to provide or support with gimbals. –v.i. to swivel or rotate in or as if in gimbals …   Useful english dictionary

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  • ST-124-M3 inertial platform — The ST 124 M3 is a device for measuring acceleration and attitude of the Saturn V launch vehicle. It was carried by the Saturn V Instrument Unit, a 3 ft high by 22 foot diameter section of the Saturn V that fit between the third stage (S IVB) and …   Wikipedia

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