ar·​tic·​u·​la·​tion | \ (ˌ)är-ˌti-kyə-ˈlā-shən \

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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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 Timely and important articulation of the double bind immigrants find themselves in, and why some — in this case the children — turn to extremism. New York Times, "‘Surprised and Dismayed’: Readers Respond to Our Best 25 Plays List," 22 June 2018 The jacket is cut close to fit an athletic body, yet allows full arm articulation without exposing your waistline. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "The Hardshell Jacket of Your Ultralight Dreams," 24 May 2018 This system automatically disconnects the swaybars when more axle articulation is needed. Ben Stewart, Popular Mechanics, "How 4X4s Got So Good," 18 May 2016 Every detail of Eder’s articulation and timbre are rendered plain to hear, the singer giving listeners some of their closest access yet to the character of her sound. Howard Reich,, "Linda Eder hits a personal best with 'If You See Me'," 2 July 2018 His power always lay in his individuality: his exposure of twisted inner longings, his articulation of the potency of trauma, and his reified faith in the power of interpersonal grace. Thomas Harlander, Los Angeles Magazine, "Maybe We Should Take David Lynch’s Thoughts on Trump with a Grain of Salt," 27 June 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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ar·​tic·​u·​la·​tion | \ är-ˌti-kyə-ˈlā-shən \

Kids Definition of articulation

: the making of articulate sounds (as in speaking)


ar·​tic·​u·​la·​tion | \ (ˌ)är-ˌtik-yə-ˈlā-shən \

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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