Universal-joint definition

A joint or coupling that allows parts of a machine not in line with each other limited freedom of movement in any direction while transmitting rotary motion.
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A flexible mechanical connection, esp. one used to transmit rotary motion from one shaft to another not in line with it, as in the drive shaft of an automobile.
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A coupling that allows different parts of a machine not in line with each other some freedom of movement at the same time as transmitting rotary motion.
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Noun

Singular:
universal-joint
Plural:
universal-joints