HyperDic: universal

English > 7 senses of the word universal:
ADJECTIVEalluniversal, cosmopolitan, ecumenical, oecumenical, general, worldwide, world-wideof worldwide scope or applicability
alluniversalapplicable to or common to all members of a group or set
alluniversaladapted to various purposes, sizes, forms, operations
NOUNcommunicationuniversal, linguistic universal(linguistics) a grammatical rule (or other linguistic feature) that is found in all languages
communicationuniversal, universal proposition(logic) a proposition that asserts something of all members of a class
cognitionuniversala behavioral convention or pattern characteristic of all members of a particular culture or of all human beings
artifactuniversal, universal jointcoupling that connects two rotating shafts allowing freedom of movement in all directions
universal > pronunciation
Soundsyuw.nahver'sahl
Rhymesabdominal ... zoological: 2115 rhymes with ahl...
English > universal: 7 senses > adjective 1
MeaningOf worldwide scope or applicability.
Example "universal experience"
Synonymscosmopolitan, ecumenical, oecumenical, general, worldwide, world-wide
BroadercomprehensiveIncluding all or everything
Spanishecuménico, global, mundial, universal
Catalanglobal, mundial, universal
Nounsuniversalitythe quality of being universal
universeeverything that exists anywhere
Verbsuniversalizemake universal
English > universal: 7 senses > adjective 2
Meaningapplicable to or common to all members of a group or set.
Examples
  • "the play opened to universal acclaim"
  • "rap enjoys universal appeal among teenage boys"
Broadergeneralapplying to all or most members of a category / category or group
Spanishuniversal
Catalanuniversal
English > universal: 7 senses > adjective 3
MeaningAdapted to various purposes, sizes, forms, operations.
Examples
  • "universal wrench", "universal chuck"
  • "universal screwdriver"
Broaderadaptablecapable of adapting (of becoming or being made suitable) to a particular situation or use
Spanishuniversal
Catalanuniversal
English > universal: 7 senses > noun 1, communication
Meaning(linguistics) a grammatical rule (or other linguistic feature) that is found in all languages.
Synonymlinguistic universal
CategorylinguisticsThe scientific study of language
Broaderrule, linguistic rule(linguistics) a rule describing (or prescribing) a linguistic practice
Catalanuniversal lingüístic
English > universal: 7 senses > noun 2, communication
Meaning(logic) a proposition that asserts something of all members of a class.
Synonymuniversal proposition
CategorylogicThe branch of philosophy that analyzes inference
Broaderproposition(logic) a statement that affirms or denies something and is either true or false
Oppositeparticular, particular proposition(logic) a proposition that asserts something about some (but not all) members of a class
Catalanuniversal
English > universal: 7 senses > noun 3, cognition
MeaningA behavioral convention or pattern characteristic of all members of a particular culture or of all human beings.
Example"some form of religion seems to be a human universal"
Broaderconvention, normal, pattern, rule, formulaSomething regarded as a normative example
English > universal: 7 senses > noun 4, artifact
Meaningcoupling that connects two rotating shafts allowing freedom of movement in all directions.
Example"in motor vehicles a universal joint allows the driveshaft to move up and down as the vehicle passes over bumps"
Synonymuniversal joint
Part ofdrive line, drive line systemmechanism that transmits power from the engine to the driving wheels of a motor vehicle
Broadercoupling, couplerA mechanical device that serves to connect the ends of adjacent objects
Spanishjunta cardán, junta universal
Catalanjunta de Cardan, junta universal

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