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u·ni·ver·sal

 (yo͞o′nə-vûr′səl)
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or affecting the entire universe: the universal laws of physics.
2. Including, relating to, or affecting all members of the class or group under consideration; applicable in all cases: universal vaccination; universal suffrage. See Synonyms at general.
3. Done, produced, or shared by all members of the class or group under consideration: a discovery that met with universal acclaim.
4. Adapted or adjustable to many sizes, uses, or devices: a universal remote control.
5. Logic Encompassing all of the members of a class or group. Used of a proposition.
n.
1. Logic
a. A universal proposition.
b. A general or abstract concept or term considered absolute or axiomatic.
2. A general or widely held principle, concept, or notion.
3. A trait or pattern of behavior characteristic of all the members of a particular culture or of all humans.

u′ni·ver′sal·ly adv.
u′ni·ver′sal·ness n.

universal

(ˌjuːnɪˈvɜːsəl)
adj
1. of, relating to, or typical of the whole of mankind or of nature
2. common to, involving, or proceeding from all in a particular group
3. applicable to or affecting many individuals, conditions, or cases; general
4. existing or prevailing everywhere
5. applicable or occurring throughout or relating to the universe; cosmic: a universal constant.
6. (Linguistics) (esp of a language) capable of being used and understood by all
7. embracing or versed in many fields of knowledge, activity, interest, etc
8. (Mechanical Engineering) machinery designed or adapted for a range of sizes, fittings, or uses
9. (Linguistics) linguistics (of a constraint in a formal grammar) common to the grammatical description of all human languages, actual or possible
10. (Logic) logic (of a statement or proposition) affirming or denying something about every member of a class, as in all men are wicked. Compare particular6
n
11. (Philosophy) philosophy
a. a general term or concept or the type such a term signifies
b. a metaphysical entity taken to be the reference of a general term, as distinct from the class of individuals it describes. See also realism5
c. a Platonic Idea or Aristotelian form
12. (Logic) logic
a. a universal proposition, statement, or formula
b. a universal quantifier
13. a characteristic common to every member of a particular culture or to every human being
14. (Mechanical Engineering) short for universal joint
ˌuniˈversalness n
Usage: The use of more universal as in his writings have long been admired by fellow scientists, but his latest book should have more universal appeal is acceptable in modern English usage

u•ni•ver•sal

(ˌyu nəˈvɜr səl)

adj.
1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of all or the whole.
2. applicable everywhere or in all cases: a universal cure.
3. affecting, concerning, or involving all: universal military service.
4. used or understood by all: a universal language.
5. present or existing everywhere.
6. versed in or embracing many or all skills, branches of learning, etc.
7. of or pertaining to the universe, all nature, or all existing things.
8. Logic. (of a proposition) asserted of every member of a class.
9. noting any of various machines, tools, or devices widely adaptable in position, range of use, etc.
n.
10. a cultural pattern or trait found in every known society or common to all members of a particular culture.
11. Logic. a universal proposition.
12. Philos.
a. a general term or concept or the generic nature that such a term signifies; a Platonic idea or Aristotelian form.
b. an entity that remains unchanged in character in a series of changes or changing relations.
13. a trait or property of language that can exist in all languages.
[1325–75; Middle English < Middle French < Latin ūniversālis. See universe]
u`ni•ver′sal•ly, adv.
u`ni•ver′sal•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.universal - (linguistics) a grammatical rule (or other linguistic feature) that is found in all languages
linguistics - the scientific study of language
linguistic rule, rule - (linguistics) a rule describing (or prescribing) a linguistic practice
2.universal - (logic) a proposition that asserts something of all members of a class
logic - the branch of philosophy that analyzes inference
proposition - (logic) a statement that affirms or denies something and is either true or false
particular proposition, particular - (logic) a proposition that asserts something about some (but not all) members of a class
3.universal - a behavioral convention or pattern characteristic of all members of a particular culture or of all human beings; "some form of religion seems to be a human universal"
normal, convention, rule, pattern, formula - something regarded as a normative example; "the convention of not naming the main character"; "violence is the rule not the exception"; "his formula for impressing visitors"
4.universal - coupling that connects two rotating shafts allowing freedom of movement in all directionsuniversal - 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"
coupler, coupling - a mechanical device that serves to connect the ends of adjacent objects
drive line, drive line system - mechanism that transmits power from the engine to the driving wheels of a motor vehicle
Adj.1.universal - of worldwide scope or applicabilityuniversal - of worldwide scope or applicability; "an issue of cosmopolitan import"; "the shrewdest political and ecumenical comment of our time"- Christopher Morley; "universal experience"
comprehensive - including all or everything; "comprehensive coverage"; "a comprehensive history of the revolution"; "a comprehensive survey"; "a comprehensive education"
2.universal - applicable to or common to all members of a group or set; "the play opened to universal acclaim"; "rap enjoys universal appeal among teenage boys"
general - applying to all or most members of a category or group; "the general public"; "general assistance"; "a general rule"; "in general terms"; "comprehensible to the general reader"
3.universal - adapted to various purposes, sizes, forms, operations; "universal wrench", "universal chuck"; "universal screwdriver"
adaptable - capable of adapting (of becoming or being made suitable) to a particular situation or use; "to succeed one must be adaptable"; "the frame was adaptable to cloth bolts of different widths"

universal

adjective
2. global, worldwide, international, pandemic universal diseases
Usage: The use of more universal as in his writings have long been admired by fellow scientists, but his latest book should have more universal appeal is acceptable in modern English usage.

universal

adjective
1. So pervasive and all-inclusive as to exist in or affect the whole world:
2. Ever present in all places:
3. Belonging or relating to the whole:
noun
A broad and basic rule or truth:
Translations
كَوْني، عالَمي
univerzálnívšestranný
almenuniversel
egyetemes
alòjóîlegur
splošenuniverzalen

universal

[ˌjuːnɪˈvɜːsəl]
A. ADJ
1. (= general) [agreement, acceptance] → general, global
the closures met with universal condemnationlos cierres provocaron la condena general or unánime
its use has been universal since 1900se usa en todas partes or globalmente desde 1900
her writing has universal appealsu forma de escribir atrae a todo el mundo
a universal truthuna verdad universal, una verdad aceptada por todos or por todo el mundo
to become universalgeneralizarse
2. (= worldwide) [law, language] → universal
the threat of universal destructionla amenaza de la destrucción mundial
B. CPD universal donor Ndonante mf universal
universal joint N (Tech) → junta f cardán or universal
universal product code N (US) → código m de barras
universal suffrage Nsufragio m universal

universal

[ˌjuːniˈvɜːrsəl] adj [truth, experiences, access, themes] → universel(le); [approval, acclaim] → unanime
to have universal appeal → plaire à tout le monde
to be of universal interest → intéresser tout le monde
a topic of universal interest → un sujet qui intéresse tout le monde
universal health care → services mpl de santé pour tous
universal suffrage → suffrage m universel

universal

adj
phenomenon, applicability, remedyuniversal, universell; (= prevailing everywhere) custom, gameallgemein or überall verbreitet; (= applying to all) truth, ruleallgemeingültig, universell; (= general) approval, peaceallgemein; universal educationAllgemeinbildung f; universal languageWeltsprache f; universal peaceWeltfrieden m; universal remedyAllheilmittel nt; to be a universal favouriteüberall beliebt sein; to become universalallgemein verbreitet werden
n (Philos) → Allgemeinbegriff m; (Logic: = universal proposition) → Universalaussage f; the universaldas Allgemeine; the various universals of human experiencedie verschiedenen Grundelemente menschlicher Erfahrung

universal

:
universal coupling
universal donor
nUniversalspender(in) m(f)

universal

:
Universal Postal Union
nWeltpostverein m
universal product code
n (US: = bar code) → Barkode m
universal suffrage
universal time
nWeltzeit f

universal

[ˌjuːnɪˈvɜːsl] adj (phenomenon, disapproval) → generale; (language, values) → universale
a universal favourite → un/a gran favorito/a

universe

(ˈjuːnivəːs) noun
everything – earth, planets, sun, stars etc – that exists anywhere. Somewhere in the universe there must be another world like ours.
ˌuniˈversal adjective
affecting, including etc the whole of the world or all or most people. English may become a universal language that everyone can learn and use.
ˌuniˈversally adverb
ˌuniverˈsality (-ˈsӕ-) noun

universal

a. universal, general, global, mundial;
___ antidoteantídoto ___.

universal

adj universal
References in classic literature ?
The ideas are sometimes described as many, coextensive with the universals of sense and also with the first principles of ethics; or again they are absorbed into the single idea of good, and subordinated to it.
But this whole manner of viewing our dealings with universals has to be abandoned when the relation of a mental occurrence to its "object" is regarded as merely indirect and causal, which is the view that we have adopted.
An intense copper calm, like a universal yellow lotus, was more and more unfolding its noiseless measureless leaves upon the sea.
The universal watchfulness so encompassed him, that if he had been taken in a net, or were being forwarded to his destination in a cage, he could not have felt his freedom more completely gone.
I had hitherto seen only one side of the academy, the other being appropriated to the advancers of speculative learning, of whom I shall say something, when I have mentioned one illustrious person more, who is called among them "the universal artist.
The Universal Postal Union had been organized in a little hall in Berne.
This supposition of universal venalty in human nature is little less an error in political reasoning, than the supposition of universal rectitude.
Had the example not been followed by other nations, all Europe must long ago have worn the chains of a universal monarch.
Even in the households of the Circles, the Women were all in favour of the Universal Colour Bill.
Perhaps they would know this almost universal language.
Poetry, therefore, is a more philosophical and a higher thing than history: for poetry tends to express the universal, history the particular.
Her character will be fixed, and she will, at sixteen, be the most determined flirt that ever made herself or her family ridiculous; a flirt, too, in the worst and meanest degree of flirtation; without any attraction beyond youth and a tolerable person; and, from the ignorance and emptiness of her mind, wholly unable to ward off any portion of that universal contempt which her rage for admiration will excite.