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universal adj : of worldwide scope or applicability; "an issue of cosmopolitan import"; "the shrewdest political and ecumenical comment of our time"- Christopher Morley; "universal experience" [syn: cosmopolitan, ecumenical, oecumenical, general, worldwide] n : 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" [syn: universal joint]

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Latin universum (universe).



  1. Of or pertaining to the universe.
  2. Common to all members of a group or class.
  3. Useful for many purposes, e.g., universal wrench.

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useful for many purposes
  • Czech: všestranný, univerzální



  1. universal

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Extensive Definition

Universal may refer to:
  • The Universe, defined as the summation of all particles and energy that exist and the space-time in which all events occur

As a modifier



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  • Catholicism, whose name derives from the Greek καθολικος = "universal"


universal in Arabic: شمولية
universal in German: Universal
universal in Spanish: Universal
universal in French: Universal
universal in Italian: Universal
universal in Dutch: Universal
universal in Japanese: ユニバーサル
universal in Finnish: Universal
universal in Swedish: Universal

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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