ar·​tic·​u·​la·​tion | \ (ˌ)är-ˌti-kyə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce articulation (audio) \

Definition of articulation

1a : a joint or juncture between bones or cartilages in the skeleton of a vertebrate
b : a movable joint between rigid parts of an animal
2a : the action or manner of jointing or interrelating the articulation of the limbs
b : the state of being jointed or interrelated
3a : the act of giving utterance or expression
b : the act or manner of articulating sounds
c : an articulated utterance or sound specifically : consonant

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Examples of articulation in a Sentence

The book is the articulation of his vision. her boyfriend's articulation of his feelings for her was long overdue

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But ironically an American president’s clear articulation of moral principle can be necessary to create room for the realpolitik trade-offs that have to be made. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "Nixon, Now More Than Ever," 26 Nov. 2018 The other contribution is turning our preferences into new laws and new articulations of public will. Michelle Ma, WSJ, "The Impact of Technology on Democracy," 11 Nov. 2018 Either way, however, the political path forward starts with a clear articulation of the dilemma. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation will delegitimize the Supreme Court — and that’s good," 5 Oct. 2018 Rather than polishing up heritage brands, New Guards identifies fresh brands, 21st-century brands, and gives them articulation. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Meet Kirin’s Peggy Gou: The DJ Turned Designer Mixing Fashion and Club Culture," 28 Feb. 2019 The first variation, which sounds jaunty in most performances, bursts forth in Gould’s first take with stunning speed and incisive articulation. Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, "5 Hours of Glenn Gould Outtakes. Why? Listen and Find Out.," 2 Feb. 2018 The effect was transformative: These superb players brought to early 19th-century opera the kind of color and articulation that has become standard in Handel historical performance. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘The Dawn of Romantic Opera’ Review: Subtle, Playful Performances," 31 July 2018 Blues feeling is integral to jazz as well, whether the quasi-microtonal cry of blue notes or the expressive style of articulation in its sobs and shouts. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Jazz / Music / Post No Bills Italian quartet Roots Magic illuminate the links between rustic blues and earthy free jazz," 4 Apr. 2018 Incidental hand and wrist articulations underscore, without subtlety, accents in the music. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "‘ABT Women’s Movement’ Review: Creative Empowerment," 23 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of articulation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for articulation

see articulate entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of articulation

: the act of expressing an idea, thought, etc., in words
: the act of saying or pronouncing something in a way that can be clearly heard and understood
medical : a joint that allows connected parts (such as bones) to move


ar·​tic·​u·​la·​tion | \ är-ˌti-kyə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce articulation (audio) \

Kids Definition of articulation

: the making of articulate sounds (as in speaking)


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Medical Definition of articulation

1 : the action or manner in which the parts come together at a joint a sketch showing the articulation of the limbs
2a : a joint between bones or cartilages in the vertebrate skeleton that is immovable when the bones are directly united, slightly movable when they are united by an intervening substance, or more or less freely movable when the articular surfaces are covered with smooth cartilage and surrounded by a joint capsule — see amphiarthrosis, diarthrosis, synarthrosis
b : a movable joint between rigid parts of any animal (as between the segments of an insect appendage)
3a : the act or manner of articulating
b : an articulated utterance or sound
4a(1) : the act of properly arranging artificial teeth
(2) : an arrangement of artificial teeth

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