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a gyroscope with two gimbals


 (gĭm′bəl, jĭm′-)
1. A rigid frame or ring in which an object is supported by pivots. Two such rings mounted concentrically on axes at right angles to each other allow an object such as a ship's compass to remain suspended in a horizontal plane between them regardless of any motion of its support.
2. often gimbals A device consisting of gimbals.
tr.v. gim·baled, gim·bal·ing, gim·bals or gim·balled or gim·bal·ling
To supply with or support on gimbals.

[Alteration of obsolete gemel, double ring; see gimmal.]


(ˈdʒɪmbəlz; ˈɡɪm-)
pl n
(Mechanical Engineering) a device, consisting of two or three pivoted rings at right angles to each other, that provides free suspension in all planes for an object such as a gyroscope, compass, chronometer, etc. Also called: gimbal ring
[C16: variant of earlier gimmal finger ring, from Old French gemel, from Latin gemellus, diminutive of geminus twin]


(ˈdʒɪm bəlz, ˈgɪm-)

n. (used with a sing. v.)
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 ring`.
[1570–80; alter. of gimmal]
References in classic literature ?
The lamp wriggled in the gimbals, the loosened books toppled from side to side on the shelf, the long barometer swung in jerky circles, the table altered its slant every moment.
The lamp wriggled in its gimbals, the barometer swung in circles, the table altered its slant every moment; a pair of limp sea-boots with collapsed tops went sliding past the couch.
There were the tell- tale compass, the sea-lamps in their gimbals, the blue-backed charts carelessly rolled and tucked away, the signal-flags in alphabetical order, and a mariner's dividers jammed into the woodwork to hold a calendar.
Entering my room, lighted strongly by a big bulkhead lamp swung on gimbals above my writing desk, I did not see him anywhere till he stepped out quietly from behind the coats hung in the recessed part.
Dynamic tracking shots using gimbals and drones, ultra-high resolution and never-before-seen night-time photography make Planet Earth II the BBC's most cinematic wildlife film series to date.
Gimbals unique antenna design was developed by Qualcomm engineers to transmit a reliable signal always.
But until recently, the gimbals for small drones have had limited functionality, Bowman said.
With a less expensive helicopter requirement, this gimbals light weight will introduce the very highest end imaging capability to medium and lower budget film/tv productions and provide a cost effective solution for helicopter news broadcasting into TV markets that previously could never have afforded it.
Perfect for this application, Bly Outriggers, based in New Jersey, offers lightweight, carbon fiber outriggers with reinforced, locking gimbals for mounting in a rodholder.
Aerotech (Pittsburgh, PA) has announced AMG-GR gear-driven motorized gimbals.
The MEMS gyroscopes, an alternative to the conventional rate gyroscope based on a high speed rotor supported in gimbals, can be used to measure the spacecraft angular rate with respect to an inertial reference frame [1, 2].