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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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. The whole; the general system of the universe; the universe. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. A general abstract conception, so called from being universally applicable to, or predicable of, each individual or species contained under it. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. A universal proposition. See Universal, a., 4. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. A general notion; a universal proposition. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  6. In logic, a general abstract conception universally applicable to each individual or species contained under it. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  7. Universally. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. Of or pertaining to the universe; extending to, including, or affecting, the whole number, quantity, or space; unlimited; general; all-reaching; all-pervading; as, universal ruin; universal good; universal benevolence or benefice. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Constituting or considered as a whole; total; entire; whole; as, the universal world. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Adapted or adaptable to all or to various uses, shapes, sizes, etc.; as, a universal milling machine. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Pertaining to the whole system of created things; general; entire; prevailing everywhere. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. Comprehending, affecting, or extending to the whole: comprising all the particulars. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  14. Comprehending all; affecting the whole. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  15. Relating to the universe; unlimited; general; entire; total. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. 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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  17. Embracing or comprehending the whole; general; all; comprising all the particulars. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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  1. The surprise, the oppression, the terror of some, the universal silence are over. – Astronomy for Amateurs by Camille Flammarion
  2. So far as we can conceive of such a state, it would be one in which there would be no 'individuals' at all, but an universal being in and for another; where being took the form of consciousness, it would be the consciousness of 'another' which was also 'oneself'- a common consciousness. – Christian Mysticism by William Ralph Inge
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