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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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Conversely, this same system permits a high level of articulation off-road. Derek Powell, Car and Driver, 29 Sep. 2021 At the beginning of the 2020-21 school year, less than 20 percent of students were able to perform at the level specified in their IEP goal for articulation when speaking. al, 13 Sep. 2021 Then, build that into a meaningful purpose articulation and extend it as a strategic operating system across the organization with goals, measurements, and feedback loops deeply steeped in transparency and inclusivity. Alain Hunkins, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 This articulation of speech within a whistle only works for nontonal languages, where the pitch of speech sounds isn’t crucial to the meaning of the word. Bob Holmes, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Aug. 2021 There is something beautiful about this alternative articulation of the self. Sophie Haigney, New York Times, 13 July 2021 Whistlers can capture all of these distinctions by varying the pitch and articulation of their whistle, says Meyer. Bob Holmes, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Aug. 2021 In the opening Allegro, the bold articulation of a key phrase by the low strings practically grabbed this listener by his lapels. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, 23 Aug. 2021 Indeed, much of the eerie power of Ghost Wall lies in its articulation of the porous relationship between past and present. Lucy Scholes, The New York Review of Books, 3 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of articulation

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

History and Etymology for articulation

Middle English articulacioun, borrowed from Latin articulātiōn-, articulātiō "jointed structure, division into joints," from articulāre "to divide into distinct parts" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action — more at 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
: a joint that allows connected parts (such as bones) to move


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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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