articulation

noun
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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The internet excels at matchmaking, widening my circle of potentials and forcing the articulation of specific desires. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "Angry Nerd: Let's Crush Facebook's Secret Crush," 20 Aug. 2019 The internet excels at matchmaking, widening my circle of potentials and forcing the articulation of specific desires. Wired, "Angry Nerd: Let's Crush Facebook's Secret Crush," 20 Aug. 2019 And how about the perfect intonation and clear articulation of contrabassist Timothy Cobb? San Diego Union-Tribune, "At SummerFest, a new place and new faces add up to great news," 5 Aug. 2019 With four-wheel independent suspension, the Kia doesn't have much in the way of articulation. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Kia Telluride Has Some Serious Off-Road Chops," 7 May 2019 The articulation of identity, too, bears the ever-changing accent and grammar of new technology. Leah Ollman, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Writing the book on selfies — sociologist reframes social photos," 10 Aug. 2019 The United States has recently been on the other side of this debate, advancing articulations of women’s rights, reproductive rights, and L.G.B.T. rights as human rights. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "Mike Pompeo’s Faith-Based Attempt to Narrowly Redefine Human Rights," 10 July 2019 The Rubicon model has locking front, center and rear differentials, electronically disconnecting sway bars (for more wheel articulation) and off-road cruise control for crawling. Mark Maynard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Jeep Gladiator: the mudder of midsize pickups," 14 July 2019 The detail could take such form as windows, building articulation or changes in materials or color, the staff said. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Foxconn factory plan calls for hundreds of trees surrounding concrete and metal walls," 17 June 2019

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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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articulation

noun

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

articulation

noun
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)

articulation

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

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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