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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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web The Elevate looks like a giant robotic dog featuring leg joints for articulation over extreme terrain. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "Unbelievable looking, with 4 dog-like legs, this walking car will soon be real," 9 Oct. 2020 What this was, was an articulation of the principles and standards that the FDA has been using for a long time and frankly been communicating to the companies that are developing vaccines. CBS News, "Transcript: Scott Gottlieb discusses coronavirus on "Face the Nation," September 27, 2020," 27 Sep. 2020 The Times exposé was a blunt articulation of how things work for people like Trump—and against everyone else. J.c. Pan, The New Republic, "Our Plutocratic Tax System Was Built for Rich Cheaters," 28 Sep. 2020 The Duke’s eye would have been drawn to the sensitivity and animation of the face, but also to the delicacy and articulation of the hands, shown mid-strum on the instrument. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "A Fuller Picture of Artemisia Gentileschi," 28 Sep. 2020 This emphatic articulation of purpose, sung by and for other humans, seems to be reaching beyond environmentalism and toward morality at large. New York Times, "7 Things to Do This Weekend," 24 Sep. 2020 The EcoDiesel's additional mass also meant retuning the Gladiator's suspension without altering its articulation or ground clearance. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "2021 Jeep Gladiator EcoDiesel Goes Big on Torque," 17 Sep. 2020 Their patronizing admirers are like bad teachers who don’t demand rigor or articulation, merely compliance to a canon without understanding why. Armond White, National Review, "Reopening the School of Rock," 28 Aug. 2020 The disconnect was only activated once during our stint to highlight the Bronco's wheel articulation over chassis-twisting ridges, but the rear locker was a boon for traction in the soft sand. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, "2021 Ford Bronco Sets Out to Invade Jeep's Turf," 18 Aug. 2020

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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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14 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Articulation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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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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