Definitions for Universal
ˌyu nəˈvɜr səluni·ver·sal
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universal, linguistic universalnoun
(linguistics) a grammatical rule (or other linguistic feature) that is found in all languages
universal, universal propositionnoun
(logic) a proposition that asserts something of all members of a class
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 joint, universaladjective
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"
cosmopolitan, ecumenical, oecumenical, general, universal, worldwide, world-wideadjective
of worldwide scope or applicability
"an issue of cosmopolitan import"; "the shrewdest political and ecumenical comment of our time"- Christopher Morley; "universal experience"
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"
adapted to various purposes, sizes, forms, operations
"universal wrench", "universal chuck"; "universal screwdriver"
A characteristic or property that particular things have in common.
Of or pertaining to the universe.
Common to all members of a group or class.
Common to all society; world-wide
She achieved universal fame.
Cosmic; unlimited; vast; infinite
Useful for many purposes, e.g., universal wrench.
Etymology: From universalis.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: universalis, Lat.
All sorrowed: if all the world could have seen’t, the woe had been universal. William Shakespeare, Winter Tale.
Appetite, an universal wolf,
So doubly seconded with will and power,
Must make perforce an universal prey,
And last eat up itself. William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida.
This excellent epistle, though, in the front of it, it bears a particular inscription, yet in the drift of it is universal, as designing to convince all mankind of the necessity of seeking for happiness in the gospel. South.
From harmony, from heav’nly harmony,
This universal frame began. Dryden.
From things particular
She doth abstract the universal kinds. Davies.
An universal was the object of imagination, and there was no such thing in reality. Scriblerus Club .
The whole; the general system of the universe. Not in use.
To what end had the angel been set to keep the entrance into paradise after Adam’s expulsion, if the universal had been paradise. Walter Raleigh, Hist. of the World.
Plato calleth God the cause and original, the nature and reason of the universal. Walter Raleigh.
Universal is a song the British band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) released as the second and last single from their album Universal. The single peaked at number 50 on the UK Singles Chart. This version differs from the original, adding the female singers to the beginning and editing out the lengthy introduction of the album version. It was edited by Pete Lewis. Like the previous single "Walking on the Milky Way", it was released on CD and cassette formats but not on 7" or 12" vinyl. The poor performance of the single and its parent album prompted singer Andy McCluskey to disband the group. It would remain their final single for over a decade until the band's reunion.
Universal refers to something that pertains to all things, is experienced or applicable universally, common to all members of a group or set, or is true or valid in all instances or for all cases. It can also refer to concepts, qualities, or phenomena that comprehensively include or affect everything or everyone.
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
constituting or considered as a whole; total; entire; whole; as, the universal world
adapted or adaptable to all or to various uses, shapes, sizes, etc.; as, a universal milling machine
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
the whole; the general system of the universe; the universe
a general abstract conception, so called from being universally applicable to, or predicable of, each individual or species contained under it
a universal proposition. See Universal, a., 4
In metaphysics, a universal is what particular things have in common, namely characteristics or qualities. In other words, universals are repeatable or recurrent entities that can be instantiated or exemplified by many particular things. For example, suppose there are two chairs in a room, each of which is green. These two chairs both share the quality of "being a chair," as well as greenness or the quality of being green. Metaphysicians call this quality that they share a "universal." There are three major kinds of qualities or characteristics: types or kinds, properties, and relations. These are all different types of universal. The noun "universal" contrasts with "individual", while the adjective "universal" contrasts with "particular". Paradigmatically, universals are abstract, whereas particulars are concrete. However, universals are not necessarily abstract and particulars are not necessarily concrete. For example, one might hold that numbers are particular yet abstract objects. Likewise, some philosophers, such as D.M. Armstrong, consider universals to be concrete. Most do not consider classes to be universals, although some prominent philosophers do, such as John Bigelow.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ū-ni-vėr′sal, adj. comprehending, affecting, or extending to the whole: comprising all the particulars: applied to a great variety of uses.—n. a universal proposition, a general term, a universal concept.—n. Universalisā′tion.—v.t. Univer′salise.—ns. Univer′salism, the doctrine or belief of universal salvation, or the ultimate salvation of all mankind, and even of the fallen angels; Univer′salist, a believer in universalism.—adj. pertaining to such beliefs.—adj. Universalist′ic.—n. Universal′ity, state or quality of being universal.—adv. Univer′sally.—n. Univer′salness.—adj. Universan′imous, of one mind. [L. universalis—universus.]
Applicable to every human being
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is applicable to everyone on planet earth.
Submitted by MaryC on April 11, 2020
Relating to the universe.
The universal truth is that we are one humanity creating together for the benefit of all humanity, animals and nature.
Submitted by MaryC on February 15, 2020
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Rank popularity for the word 'Universal' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3631
Rank popularity for the word 'Universal' in Adjectives Frequency: #495
The numerical value of Universal in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of Universal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Universal orthodoxy is enriched by every new discovery of truth: what at first appeared universal, by wishing to stand still, sooner or later becomes a sect.
I have proposed a two-cent wealth tax on the top one-tenth of one percent in this country, that would give us enough money to start with our babies by providing universal child care for every baby age 0 to 5, universal pre-k for every 3-year-old and 4-year-old in this country.
In a society of little economic development, universal inactivity accompanies universal poverty. You survive not by struggling against nature, or by increasing production, or by relentless labor; instead you survive by expending as little energy as possible, by striving constantly to achieve a state of immobility.
They call it universal health care— it’s universal unless you have a terminal disease.
If there was no Universal Power that controlled the cosmos through Universal Laws, there would be disorder and chaos.
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Translations for Universal
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- všestranný, univerzálníCzech
- universell, allgemein, Universal-German
- yleispätevä, yleismaailmallinen, yleis-Finnish
- universel, universelleFrench
- uilechoiteann, comhchoiteannIrish
- inivèsèlHaitian Creole
- 전세계의, 우주의Korean
- sejagat, universalMalay
- космический, всеобщий, универсальный, глобальный, всесторонний, вселенский, общечеловеческий, всемирныйRussian
- universal-, universellSwedish
- phổ cậpVietnamese
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