1. 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. Anointed universal king. The universal cause acts not by partial, but by general laws. (pope) This universal frame began. (Dryden)
4. (Science: logic) 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.
6. (Science: astronomy) Universal instrument, a contrivance used for joining two shafts or parts of a machine endwise, so that the one may give rotary motion to the other when f 93d orming an angle with it, or may move freely in all directions with respect to the other, as by means of a cross connecting the forked ends of the two shafts. Since this joint can not act when the angle of the shafts is less than 140 deg, a double joint of the same kind is sometimes used for giving rotary motion at angles less than 140 deg.
7. (Science: botany) Universal umbel, a primary or general umbel; the first or largest set of rays in a compound umbel; opposed to partial umbel. A universal involucre is not unfrequently placed at the foot of a universal umbel.
Origin: L. Universalis: cf. F. Universel, OF. Also universal.