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UNIVERSAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does universal mean? 

UNIVERSAL (noun)
  The noun UNIVERSAL has 4 senses:

1. (linguistics) a grammatical rule (or other linguistic feature) that is found in all languages
2. (logic) a proposition that asserts something of all members of a class
3. a behavioral convention or pattern characteristic of all members of a particular culture or of all human beings
4. coupling that connects two rotating shafts allowing freedom of movement in all directions

  Familiarity information: UNIVERSAL used as a noun is uncommon.


UNIVERSAL (adjective)
  The adjective UNIVERSAL has 3 senses:

1. of worldwide scope or applicability
2. applicable to or common to all members of a group or set
3. adapted to various purposes, sizes, forms, operations

  Familiarity information: UNIVERSAL used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


UNIVERSAL (noun)


Sense 1universal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

linguistic universal; universal

Hypernyms ("universal" is a kind of...):

linguistic rule; rule ((linguistics) a rule describing (or prescribing) a linguistic practice)

Domain category:

linguistics (the scientific study of language)


Sense 2universal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

universal proposition; universal

Hypernyms ("universal" is a kind of...):

proposition ((logic) a statement that affirms or denies something and is either true or false)

Domain category:

logic (the branch of philosophy that analyzes inference)

Antonym:

particular ((logic) a proposition that asserts something about some (but not all) members of a class)


Sense 3universal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A behavioral convention or pattern characteristic of all members of a particular culture or of all human beings

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Context example:

some form of religion seems to be a human universal

Hypernyms ("universal" is a kind of...):

convention; formula; normal; pattern; rule (something regarded as a normative example)


Sense 4universal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Coupling that connects two rotating shafts allowing freedom of movement in all directions

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

universal joint; universal

Context example:

in motor vehicles a universal joint allows the driveshaft to move up and down as the vehicle passes over bumps

Hypernyms ("universal" is a kind of...):

coupler; coupling (a mechanical device that serves to connect the ends of adjacent objects)

Holonyms ("universal" is a part of...):

drive line; drive line system (mechanism that transmits power from the engine to the driving wheels of a motor vehicle)


UNIVERSAL (adjective)


Sense 1universal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of worldwide scope or applicability

Synonyms:

universal; oecumenical; ecumenical; cosmopolitan; world-wide; worldwide; general

Context examples:

an issue of cosmopolitan import / the shrewdest political and ecumenical comment of our time / universal experience

Similar:

comprehensive (including all or everything)


Sense 2universal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Applicable to or common to all members of a group or set

Context examples:

the play opened to universal acclaim / rap enjoys universal appeal among teenage boys

Similar:

general (applying to all or most members of a category or group)


Sense 3universal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Adapted to various purposes, sizes, forms, operations

Context examples:

universal wrench / universal chuck / universal screwdriver

Similar:

adaptable (capable of adapting (of becoming or being made suitable) to a particular situation or use)


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