Adjective: universal ,yoo-nu'vur-sul
Noun: universal ,yoo-nu'vur-sul
- Of worldwide scope or applicability
- cosmopolitan, ecumenical, oecumenical [archaic], general, worldwide, world-wide, global
- 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"
- Adapted to various purposes, sizes, forms, operations
"universal wrench"; "universal chuck"; "universal screwdriver"
- (linguistics) a grammatical rule (or other linguistic feature) that is found in all languages
- linguistic universal
- (logic) a proposition that asserts something of all members of a class
- universal proposition
- 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"
- 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";
- universal joint
Derived forms: universals
See also: adaptable, comprehensive, general
Type of: convention, coupler, coupling, formula, linguistic rule, normal, pattern, proposition, rule
Part of: drive line, drive line system
Encyclopedia: Universal, In