ar·​tic·​u·​lat·​ed | \ är-ˈti-kyə-ˌlā-təd How to pronounce articulated (audio) \

Definition of articulated

1 of a vehicle : having a hinge or pivot connection especially to allow negotiation of sharp turns an articulated lorry/bus
2a : having sections connected by joints that allow each section to bend or turn independently in different directions a camera mounted on an articulated arm
b : connected by a joint or joints dolls with articulated limbs [=arms and legs that can be moved because they are connected by joints]
3 of skeletal remains : attached at joints so that the relative position of the bones which existed in life is preserved But Dirks rejects that suggestion, pointing out that the bones were partly articulated with each other, implying that they were buried soon after death.— Michael Balter

Examples of articulated in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The backwards design model incorporates Essential Questions throughout an articulated and sequential program., 25 June 2021 Its sound is beautifully articulated and open with a superb midrange and a finely balanced sound. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2021 The device consists of an articulated arm connected to a wearable harness, with a total weight of 3.5 pounds. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 7 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of articulated

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for articulated

from past participle of articulate entry 2

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The first known use of articulated was in 1884

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“Articulated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of articulated

: connected by a joint
: having a front section connected to a large back section by means of a hinge or a joint that allows sharp turns


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