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Adjective: universal  ,yoo-nu'vur-sul
  1. Of worldwide scope or applicability
    "universal experience";
    - cosmopolitan, ecumenical, oecumenical [archaic], general, worldwide, world-wide
     
  2. 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"
     
  3. Adapted to various purposes, sizes, forms, operations
    "universal wrench"; "universal chuck"; "universal screwdriver"
Noun: universal  ,yoo-nu'vur-sul
  1. (linguistics) a grammatical rule (or other linguistic feature) that is found in all languages
    - linguistic universal
     
  2. (logic) a proposition that asserts something of all members of a class
    - universal proposition
     
  3. 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"
     
  4. 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

Antonym: particular

Part of: drive line, drive line system

Encyclopedia: Universal, In