articulated

adjective ar·tic·u·lat·ed \ -ˌlā-təd \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of articulated

1 of a vehicle : having a hinge or pivot connection especially to allow negotiation of sharp turns
  • an articulated lorry/bus
2 a : 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

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First Known Use of articulated

1884

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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ARTICULATED Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of articulated for English Language Learners

  • : connected by a joint

  • of a vehicle : 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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