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joint

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noun \ˈjȯint\

Simple Definition of joint

  • : a point where two bones meet in the body

  • : a place where two things or parts are joined

  • : a particular place

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of joint

  1. 1 a (1) :  the point of contact between elements of an animal skeleton with the parts that surround and support it (2) :  node 5b b :  a part or space included between two articulations, knots, or nodes c :  a large piece of meat for roasting

  2. 2 a :  a place where two things or parts are joined b :  a space between the adjacent surfaces of two bodies joined and held together (as by cement or mortar) c :  a fracture or crack in rock not accompanied by dislocation d :  the flexing part of a cover along either spine edge of a book e :  the junction of two or more members of a framed structure f :  a union formed by two abutting rails in a track including the elements (as bars and bolts) necessary to hold the abutting rails together g :  an area at which two ends, surfaces, or edges are attached

  3. 3 a :  a shabby or disreputable place of entertainment b :  place, establishment c slang :  prison 2

  4. 4 :  a marijuana cigarette

jointed

play \ˈjȯin-təd\ adjective

jointedly

adverb

jointedness

noun

out of joint

  1. 1 a of a bone :  having the head slipped from its socket b :  at variance

  2. 2 a :  disordered 2a b :  being out of humor :  dissatisfied <losing put him out of joint>

Examples of joint in a sentence

  1. She's been having pain in her muscles and joints.

  2. seal the joints of the pipes



Origin and Etymology of joint

Middle English jointe, from Anglo-French, from joindre


First Known Use: 13th century


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joint

adjective

Simple Definition of joint

  • : combining the work of two or more people or groups of people

  • : done by or involving two or more people

  • : doing something together

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of joint

  1. 1 :  united, combined <the joint influences of culture and climate>

  2. 2 :  common to two or more: as a (1) :  involving the united activity of two or more <a joint effort> (2) :  constituting an activity, operation, or organization in which elements of more than one armed service participate <joint maneuvers> (3) :  constituting an action or expression of two or more governments <joint peace talks> b :  shared by or affecting two or more <a joint fine>

  3. 3 :  united, joined, or sharing with another (as in a right or status) <joint heirs>

  4. 4 :  being a function of or involving two or more variables and especially random variables

jointly

adverb

Examples of joint in a sentence

  1. filing a joint tax return

  2. They had a joint account at the bank.

  3. divorced parents who have joint custody of their child



Origin and Etymology of joint

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from past participle of joindre


First Known Use: 14th century


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joint

verb

Definition of joint

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to separate the joints of (as meat)

  3. 2 a :  to unite by a joint :  fit together b :  to provide with a joint :  articulate c :  to prepare (as a board) for joining by planing the edge

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to fit as if by joints <the stones joint neatly>

  6. 2 :  to form joints as a stage in growth —used especially of small grains



Origin and Etymology of joint

1joint


First Known Use: 1530

Rhymes with joint

point



JOINT Defined for Kids

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joint

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noun \ˈjȯint\

Definition of joint for Students

  1. 1 :  a point where two bones of the skeleton come together usually in a way that allows motion <The knee is a joint.>

  2. 2 :  a place where two things or parts are joined <The pipe has a leaky joint.>

  3. 3 :  a part of a plant stem where a leaf or branch develops

  4. 4 :  a business establishment <a fried chicken joint>

jointed

\ˈjȯin-təd\ adjective



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joint

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adjective

Definition of joint for Students

  1. 1 :  joined together <The joint effect of wind and rain caused erosion.>

  2. 2 :  done by or shared by two or more <a joint bank account>

jointly

adverb



Medical Dictionary

joint

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noun \ˈjȯint\

Medical Definition of joint

  1. :  the point of contact between elements of an animal skeleton whether movable or rigidly fixed together with the surrounding and supporting parts (as membranes, tendons, or ligaments) <the capsule of the shoulder joint>

out of joint



Illustration of joint


Law Dictionary

joint

adjective

Legal Definition of joint

  1. 1 :  common to two or more: as a :  involving the combined activity or negligence of two or more <a joint tort> — see also joint tortfeasor — compare several b :  shared by or affecting two or more as a unit <a joint account>

  2. 2 :  united, joined, or sharing with another (as in a right or status) <joint heirs>





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