Definitions of universal

  1. 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"
  2. The whole; the general system of the universe; the universe.
  3. A general abstract conception, so called from being universally applicable to, or predicable of, each individual or species contained under it.
  4. A universal proposition. See Universal, a., 4.
  5. A general notion; a universal proposition.
  6. In logic, a general abstract conception universally applicable to each individual or species contained under it.
  7. Universally.
  8. Constituting or considered as a whole; total; entire; whole; as, the universal world.
  9. Adapted or adaptable to all or to various uses, shapes, sizes, etc.; as, a universal milling machine.
  10. Forming the whole of a genus; relatively unlimited in extension; affirmed or denied of the whole of a subject; as, a universal proposition; -- opposed to particular; e. g. ( universal affirmative) All men are animals; ( universal negative) No men are omniscient.
  11. Pertaining to the whole system of created things; general; entire; prevailing everywhere.
  12. Comprehending, affecting, or extending to the whole: comprising all the particulars.
  13. Comprehending all; affecting the whole.
  14. Relating to the universe; unlimited; general; entire; total.
  15. All; general; comprehending the whole number, quantity or space; total; whole; comprising all. Universal joint, a contrivance for giving motion obliquely to certain instruments. Universal proposition, one which affirms the predicate to belong to the whole of the subject.
  16. Embracing or comprehending the whole; general; all; comprising all the particulars.