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Definition 1: coupling that connects two rotating shafts allowing freedom of movement in all directions - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where universal or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for universal in the sense of this definition

(universal is a kind of ...) a mechanical device that serves to connect the ends of adjacent objects

(... is part of universal) mechanism that transmits power from the engine to the driving wheels of a motor vehicle

Definition 2: a behavioral convention or pattern characteristic of all members of a particular culture or of all human beings - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where universal or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • some form of religion seems to be a human universal

(universal is a kind of ...) 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"

Definition 3: (logic) a proposition that asserts something of all members of a class - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for universal in the sense of this definition

(universal is a kind of ...) (logic) a statement that affirms or denies something and is either true or false

(universal belongs to category ...) the branch of philosophy that analyzes inference

Definition 4: (linguistics) a grammatical rule (or other linguistic feature) that is found in all languages - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for universal in the sense of this definition

(universal is a kind of ...) (linguistics) a rule describing (or prescribing) a linguistic practice

(universal belongs to category ...) the scientific study of language

Definition 5: adapted to various purposes, sizes, forms, operations - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where universal or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • universal wrench
  • universal chuck
  • universal screwdriver

(universal is similar to ...) 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"

Definition 6: of worldwide scope or applicability - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where universal or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an issue of cosmopolitan import
  • the shrewdest political and ecumenical comment of our time
  • universal experience

Synonyms for universal in the sense of this definition

(universal is similar to ...) including all or everything

"comprehensive coverage" "a comprehensive history of the revolution" "a comprehensive survey" "a comprehensive education"

Definition 7: applicable to or common to all members of a group or set - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where universal or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the play opened to universal acclaim
  • rap enjoys universal appeal among teenage boys

(universal is similar to ...) 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"

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