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 for universal joint
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Joint \Joint\ (joint), n. [F. joint, fr. joindre, p. p. joint.
     See Join.]
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     1. The place or part where two things or parts are joined or
        united; the union of two or more smooth or even surfaces
        admitting of a close-fitting or junction; junction; as, a
        joint between two pieces of timber; a joint in a pipe.
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     2. A joining of two things or parts so as to admit of motion;
        an articulation, whether movable or not; a hinge; as, the
        knee joint; a node or joint of a stem; a ball and socket
        joint. See Articulation.
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              A scaly gauntlet now, with joints of steel,
              Must glove this hand.                 --Shak.
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              To tear thee joint by joint.          --Milton.
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     3. The part or space included between two joints, knots,
        nodes, or articulations; as, a joint of cane or of a grass
        stem; a joint of the leg.
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     4. Any one of the large pieces of meat, as cut into portions
        by the butcher for roasting.
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     5. (Geol.) A plane of fracture, or divisional plane, of a
        rock transverse to the stratification.
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     6. (Arch.) The space between the adjacent surfaces of two
        bodies joined and held together, as by means of cement,
        mortar, etc.; as, a thin joint.
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     7. The means whereby the meeting surfaces of pieces in a
        structure are secured together.
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     8. [{Jag a notch.] A projecting or retreating part in
        something; any irregularity of line or surface, as in a
        wall. [Now Chiefly U. S.]
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
     9. (Theaters) A narrow piece of scenery used to join together
        two flats or wings of an interior setting.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
     10. a disreputable establishment, or a place of low resort,
         as for smoking opium; -- also used for a commercial
         establishment, implying a less than impeccable
         reputation, but often in jest; as, talking about a
         high-class joint is an oxymoron. [Slang]
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     11. a marijuana cigarette. [Slang]
     12. prison; -- used with "the". [Slang] " he spent five years
         in the joint."
     Coursing joint (Masonry), the mortar joint between two
        courses of bricks or stones.
     Fish joint, Miter joint, Universal joint, etc. See
        under Fish, Miter, etc.
     Joint bolt, a bolt for fastening two pieces, as of wood,
        one endwise to the other, having a nut embedded in one of
        the pieces.
     Joint chair (Railroad), the chair that supports the ends of
        abutting rails.
     Joint coupling, a universal joint for coupling shafting.
        See under Universal.
     Joint hinge, a hinge having long leaves; a strap hinge.
     Joint splice, a re["e]nforce at a joint, to sustain the
        parts in their true relation.
     Joint stool.
         (a) A stool consisting of jointed parts; a folding stool.
         (b) A block for supporting the end of a piece at a joint;
             a joint chair.
     Out of joint, out of place; dislocated, as when the head of
        a bone slips from its socket; hence, not working well
        together; disordered. "The time is out of joint." --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Universal \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.
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              The universal cause
              Acts not by partial, but by general laws. --Pope.
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              This universal frame began.           --Dryden.
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     Note: Universal and its derivatives are used in common
           discourse for general and its derivatives. See
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     2. Constituting or considered as a whole; total; entire;
        whole; as, the universal world. --Shak.
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              At which the universal host up dent
              A shout that tore Hell's concave.     --Milton.
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     3. (Mech.) Adapted or adaptable to all or to various uses,
        shapes, sizes, etc.; as, a universal milling machine.
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     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.
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     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.
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     Syn: General; all; whole; total. See General.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  universal joint
      n 1: 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" [syn: universal joint,

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