Definitions for universal

Definitions for (noun) universal

Main entry: universal, universal joint

Definition: coupling that connects two rotating shafts allowing freedom of movement in all directions

Usage: in motor vehicles a universal joint allows the driveshaft to move up and down as the vehicle passes over bumps

Main entry: universal

Definition: a behavioral convention or pattern characteristic of all members of a particular culture or of all human beings

Usage: some form of religion seems to be a human universal

Main entry: universal, universal proposition

Definition: (logic) a proposition that asserts something of all members of a class

Main entry: universal, linguistic universal

Definition: (linguistics) a grammatical rule (or other linguistic feature) that is found in all languages

Definitions for (adj) universal

Main entry: oecumenical, cosmopolitan, ecumenical, world-wide, worldwide, universal, general

Definition: of worldwide scope or applicability

Usage: an issue of cosmopolitan import; the shrewdest political and ecumenical comment of our time- Christopher Morley; universal experience

Main entry: universal

Definition: adapted to various purposes, sizes, forms, operations

Usage: universal wrench, universal chuck; universal screwdriver

Main entry: universal

Definition: applicable to or common to all members of a group or set

Usage: the play opened to universal acclaim; rap enjoys universal appeal among teenage boys

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