Dictionary Results for universal


1. universal - noun

· (linguistics) a grammatical rule (or other linguistic feature) that is found in all languages

Synonym(s): linguistic_universal

Hypernym(s): rule, linguistic_rule




2. universal - noun

· (logic) a proposition that asserts something of all members of a class

Synonym(s): universal_proposition

Hypernym(s): proposition

Antonym(s): particular_proposition, particular




3. universal - noun

· 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"

Hypernym(s): convention, normal, pattern, rule, formula




4. universal - noun

· 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"

Synonym(s): universal_joint

Hypernym(s): coupling, coupler




5. universal - adjective

· of worldwide scope or applicability; "an issue of cosmopolitan import"; "the shrewdest political and ecumenical comment of our time"- Christopher Morley; "universal experience"

Synonym(s): cosmopolitan, ecumenical, oecumenical, general, worldwide, world-wide




6. universal - adjective

· 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"




7. universal - adjective

· adapted to various purposes, sizes, forms, operations; "universal wrench"; "universal chuck"; "universal screwdriver"





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