universal: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (y"nu-vûr'sul), [key]
- of, pertaining to, or characteristic of all or the whole: universal experience.
- applicable everywhere or in all cases; general: a universal cure.
- affecting, concerning, or involving all: universal military service.
- used or understood by all: a universal language.
- present everywhere: the universal calm of southern seas.
- versed in or embracing many or all skills, branches of learning, etc.: Leonardo da Vinci was a universal genius.
- of or pertaining to the universe, all nature, or all existing things: universal cause.
- characterizing all or most members of a class; generic.
- (of a proposition) asserted of every member of a class.
- found in all languages or belonging to the human language faculty.
- noting any of various machines, tools, or devices widely adaptable in position, range of use, etc.
- (of metal plates and shapes) rolled in a universal mill.
- (of a rolling mill or rolling method) having or employing vertical edging rolls.
- something that may be applied throughout the universe to many things, usually thought of as an entity that can be in many places at the same time.
- a trait, characteristic, or property, as distinguished from a particular individual or event, that can be possessed in common, as the care of a mother for her young.
- a universal proposition.
- a general term or concept or the generic nature that such a term signifies; a Platonic idea or Aristotelian form.
- an entity that remains unchanged in character in a series of changes or changing relations.
- Hegelianism.Seeconcrete universal.
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