gimbal

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Alteration of gemel, from Old French jumel (twin) (French jumeau), from Latin gemellus

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Noun[edit]

gimbal (plural gimbals)

  1. A device for suspending something, such as a ship's compass, so that it will remain level when its support is tipped.
    • 1902, Joseph Conrad, Typhoon, Chapter II,[1]
      The lamp wriggled in its gimbals, the barometer swung in circles, the table altered its slant every moment []
    • 1934, A. E. W. Mason, “The Chronometer,” Chapter II, in Dilemmas, London: Hodder & Stoughton,[2]
      He lifted the chronometer off the gimbals on which it was slung in the mahogany case and showed the number engraved upon the bottom.

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Verb[edit]

gimbal (third-person singular simple present gimbals, present participle gimballing or gimbaling, simple past and past participle gimballed or gimbaled)

  1. (transitive) To suspend using a gimbal or gimbals.
    • 1918, Richard Dehan (Clotilde Graves), That Which Hath Wings, New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, Chapter 32,[3]
      [] he conned his course in masterly fashion by aid of the roller-map, protected by its transparent, rainproof casing, or the compass, clock, altimeter, and other instruments gimballed in the wooden frame in front of the pilot’s seat.
  2. (transitive, aerospace) To move a reaction engine about on a gimbal so as to obtain pitching and yawing correction moments.[1]
  3. (intransitive) To swivel, move on an axis.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Joseph A. Angelo, Jr., The Dictionary of Space Technology, NY: Facts On File, 1982, p. 89.

Tagalog[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: gim‧bal
  • IPA(key): /ɡimˈbal/, [ɡɪmˈbal]

Noun[edit]

gimbál

  1. great noise; resounding noise
  2. great confusion; great disturbance (caused by loud sounds or noises)
  3. kettledrum

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Adjective[edit]

gimbál

  1. greatly disturbed (by loud noises)