Associations to the word «Universal»


UNIVERSAL, adjective. Of or pertaining to the universe.
UNIVERSAL, adjective. Common to all members of a group or class.
UNIVERSAL, adjective. Common to all society; world-wide
UNIVERSAL, adjective. Cosmic; unlimited; vast; infinite
UNIVERSAL, adjective. Useful for many purposes, e.g., universal wrench.
UNIVERSAL, noun. (philosophy) A characteristic or property that particular things have in common.
UNIVERSAL ALGEBRA, noun. (uncountable) A branch of mathematics dealing with equational classes of algebras, where similar theorems from disparate branches of algebra are unified.
UNIVERSAL ALGEBRA, noun. (countable) An algebraic structure studied therein.
UNIVERSAL ALGEBRAS, noun. Plural of universal algebra
UNIVERSAL ARITHMETIC, noun. (archaic) algebra
UNIVERSAL CHUCK, noun. A chuck, as for a lathe, having jaws which can be moved simultaneously so as to grasp objects of various sizes.
UNIVERSAL CREDIT, proper noun. A welfare benefit in the UK substituting six previous benefits and tax credits, planned to be introduced between 2013-2017.
UNIVERSAL DONOR, noun. A person with blood type O, which lacks antigens, and is therefore compatible with all other blood types, allowing such person to donate blood to any other person.
UNIVERSAL DONORS, noun. Plural of universal donor
UNIVERSAL GRAMMAR, noun. (linguistics) A hypothetical innate abstract system in the human brain that underlies the grammar of all human languages.
UNIVERSAL GRAMMARS, noun. Plural of universal grammar
UNIVERSAL GRINDER, noun. (linguistics) A mechanism whereby countable nouns are made uncountable.
UNIVERSAL INSTRUMENT, noun. (astronomy) A kind of altitude and azimuth instrument. The object end of the telescope is placed at right angles to the eye end, with a prism of total reflection at the angle, and the eye end constitutes a portion of the horizontal axis of the instrument, having the eyepiece at the pivot and in the center of the altitude circle, so that the eye has convenient access to both at the same time.
UNIVERSAL JOINT, noun. A coupling that allows different parts of a machine not in line with each other some freedom of movement at the same time as transmitting rotary motion.
UNIVERSAL JOINTS, noun. Plural of universal joint
UNIVERSAL JURISICTION, noun. (in international law) universal jurisdiction is a principle whereby a state claims legal jurisdiction over persons whose alleged crimes were committed outside the boundaries of the prosecuting state, regardless of the accused's nationality, country of residence, or other relationship with the prosecuting country.
UNIVERSAL LEVER, noun. A machine formed by a combination of a lever with the wheel and axle, in such a manner as to convert the reciprocating motion of the lever into a continued rectilinear motion of some body to which the power is applied.
UNIVERSAL OPPORTUNITY, noun. (theology) The idea, particularly in Christianity, that an opportunity to follow the deity, e.g. Jesus, will be an option at the time of death.[1]
UNIVERSAL POSTAL UNION, proper noun. A worldwide postal organization to which most countries are members. The exchange of mail, except parcel post, between the United States and other nations is governed by the provisions of the Universal Postal Union convention.
UNIVERSAL PRODUCT CODE, noun. A barcode symbology used on retail products, encoding 12 digits using seven bits for each in its main variant, UPC-A, and differing slightly from EAN.
UNIVERSAL PRODUCT CODES, noun. Plural of universal product code
UNIVERSAL PROPERTY, noun. (mathematics) A definition of a mathematical object, up to isomorphism, in terms of abstract maps between it and other objects of the same category. More specifically, it is either the initial property of an initial object in a coslice-like comma category or the terminal property of a terminal object in a slice-like comma category; these are roughly analogous to the minimum and the maximum (respectively) of a certain lattice, and are used to define the object uniquely up to isomorphism.
UNIVERSAL QUANTIFIER, noun. (logic) The operator, represented by the symbol ∀, used in predicate calculus to indicate that a predicate is true for all members of a specified set.
UNIVERSAL QUANTIFIERS, noun. Plural of universal quantifier
UNIVERSAL SERIAL BUS, noun. (computing) An international standard for interconnecting personal computer devices using simple plugs and sockets and lightweight cables.
UNIVERSAL SET, noun. (set theory) A set large enough to contain all sets under consideration in the current context.
UNIVERSAL SETS, noun. Plural of universal set
UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE, noun. The right to vote in a political election for all citizens who have attained the age of majority and are not disenfranchised under the laws of the country.
UNIVERSAL TIME, proper noun. A measure of time that conforms, within a close approximation, to the mean diurnal rotation of the Earth and serves as the basis of civil timekeeping. Universal Time (UT1) is determined from observations of the stars, radio sources, and also from ranging observations of the moon and artificial Earth satellites. The scale determined directly from such observations is designated Universal Time Observed (UTO); it is slightly dependent on the place of observation. When UTO is corrected for the shift in longitude of the observing station caused by polar motion, the time scale UT1 is obtained. When an accuracy better than one second is not required, Universal Time can be used to mean Coordinated Universal Time.
UNIVERSAL TURING MACHINE, noun. (computing theory) A Turing machine capable of simulating the behavior of any Turing machine.
UNIVERSAL TURING MACHINES, noun. Plural of universal Turing machine
UNIVERSAL UNITARIAN, adjective. Pertaining to Unitarian Universalism.
UNIVERSAL UNITARIAN, noun. Unitarian Universalist.
UNIVERSAL UNITARIANS, noun. Plural of Universal Unitarian
UNIVERSAL VALUE, noun. (philosophy) Something that has the same value or worth for all, or almost all, people.
UNIVERSAL VALUES, noun. Plural of universal value
UNIVERSAL VEIL, noun. (mycology) A thin layer of tissue which completely surrounds a developing mushroom.

Dictionary definition

UNIVERSAL, noun. (linguistics) a grammatical rule (or other linguistic feature) that is found in all languages.
UNIVERSAL, noun. (logic) a proposition that asserts something of all members of a class.
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".
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".
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".
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".
UNIVERSAL, adjective. Adapted to various purposes, sizes, forms, operations; "universal wrench", "universal chuck"; "universal screwdriver".

Wise words

A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery