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 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 But Kalmar kept a light hand on the tiller, sharpening articulations and balancing textures so well within urgent tempos that the largish orchestra never sounded thick, heavy or sluggish. John Von Rhein,, "Grant Park Music Festival opens with a choral blockbuster under friendly skies," 14 June 2018 Just smart line reads coupled with plain, old-fashioned articulation and projection, filling an amphitheater of more than 1,100 seats. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "American Players Theatre's comedy 'As You Like It' makes every word count," 19 June 2018 Cocoa Tea makes reggae and mellow dancehall with plenty of creative rhythmic articulations. John Adamian,, "Cocoa Tea Coming To Toad's Place," 26 May 2018 That five minutes is the best articulation of the House’s immigration debate, in which moderate Republicans are pressuring Speaker Paul Ryan to call a vote on legislation to fix the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Tara Golshan, Vox, "The House’s chaotic immigration fight, explained," 8 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

b : occlusion sense 2a

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