joint

noun
\ ˈjȯint How to pronounce joint (audio) \

Definition of joint

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a(1) : the point of contact between elements of an animal skeleton with the parts that surround and support it the hip joint
b : a part or space included between two articulations, knots, or nodes
2a : a place where two things or parts are joined a joint between two pieces of timber
b : a space between the adjacent surfaces of two bodies (such as bricks) joined and held together (as by cement or mortar)
c : a fracture or crack in rock not accompanied by dislocation
d : the flexing part of a cover along either spine edge of a book
e : the junction of two or more members of a framed structure
f : a union formed by two abutting rails in a track including the elements (such as bars and bolts) necessary to hold the abutting rails together
g : an area at which two ends, surfaces, or edges are attached
3a : a shabby or disreputable place of entertainment a cheap joint
b : place, establishment a hamburger
c slang : prison sense 2 spent five years in the joint
4 : a marijuana cigarette smoking a joint
5 chiefly British : a large piece of meat for roasting a joint of beef
out of joint
1a of a bone : having the head slipped from its socket
b : at variance
b : being out of humor : dissatisfied losing put him out of joint

joint

adjective

Definition of joint (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : united, combined the joint influences of culture and climate
2 : common to two or more: such as
a(1) : involving the united activity of two or more a joint effort
(2) : constituting an activity, operation, or organization in which elements of more than one armed service participate joint maneuvers
(3) : constituting an action or expression of two or more governments joint peace talks
b : shared by or affecting two or more a joint fine
3 : united, joined, or sharing with another (as in a right or status) joint heirs
4 mathematics : being a function of or involving two or more variables and especially random variables a joint probability density function

joint

verb
jointed; jointing; joints

Definition of joint (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to unite by a joint : fit together joint two boards her elbows and shoulders are jointed wrongIrish Digest
b : to provide with a joint : articulate
c : to prepare (something, such as a board) for joining by planing the edge
2 : to separate the joints of joint a piece of meat

intransitive verb

1 : to fit as if by joints the stones joint neatly
2 : to form joints as a stage in growth used especially of small grains

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Other Words from joint

Noun

jointed \ ˈjȯin-​təd How to pronounce jointed (audio) \ adjective
jointedly adverb
jointedness noun

Adjective

jointly adverb

Examples of joint in a Sentence

Noun

She's been having pain in her muscles and joints. seal the joints of the pipes

Adjective

filing a joint tax return They had a joint account at the bank. divorced parents who have joint custody of their child
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The unstable surface is actually more taxing on your joints. Amy Marturana, SELF, "5 Things to Know Before Working Out on the Beach," 6 Apr. 2019 That’s on the old side for such a big dog, and Frisco needs a lot of care to keep working, including weekly visits to the acupuncturist and physical therapist for his achy joints. Anne Kadet, WSJ, "Hard-Working Dogs Among Pets Lapping Up Free Health Care," 2 Apr. 2019 This project comes from the same owners as the breakfast burrito joint Bang Bang Café in Belltown. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "Bellevue lands a famous, big-name hot-pot spot and 42 other new openings around the Seattle area," 13 Feb. 2019 The screen is attached to that stiff hinge at its midpoint with the flexible leather joint. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Hands-on: HP’s leather-clad laptop might just be the best convertible around," 1 Oct. 2018 In terms of color payoff and shine, the ColourPop joints will give you more impact and dimension, but Butter London gives you a more glitter. Tynan Sinks, Allure, "I Did A Full Face Of Makeup Using Jelly Highlighters and Eye Shadows — And It Looks Amazing," 19 Sep. 2018 The joint is an offshoot of the popular Scaliwags, which features a changing menu with everything from seafood to steak. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Algoma is a day trip away along Lake Michigan," 12 July 2018 Rotate your right leg out to the side, resting your right foot on your inner left leg, either above or below the knee joint. Philly.com, "A beginner's guide to starting a yoga practice," 10 July 2018 The coffee joint will also offer straws made out of alternative materials such as paper or compostable plastic for Frappuccinos and any other iced beverage by customer request. Madison Roberts, PEOPLE.com, "Starbucks to Eliminate Plastic Straws in All Stores Worldwide," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Firms like Awesomeness and Complex Media (both partially owned by Verizon through its joint venture with Hearst) struck expansive deals to distribute content on the app, resulting in shows like teen drama T@gged and docuseries QB1. Natalie Jarvey, The Hollywood Reporter, "After Go90's Collapse, Who's Buying "Snackable" TV Now?," 12 July 2018 The final season of the hit HBO series is less than a month away, so the joint cover comes at a perfect time. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Game of Thrones Stars Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner Look So Different on the Cover of Rolling Stone," 27 Mar. 2019 Some places even suggest that this syndrome could be associated with everything from food allergies and nutritional deficiencies to autoimmune conditions, fatigue, and joint pain. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Leaky Gut Syndrome Isn’t an Official Diagnosis, but the Symptoms Are Real," 19 Mar. 2019 The armed forces gambled on Operation Watchtower, a joint air-land-sea operation in the Solomon Islands, designed to land U.S. Marines and Army troops to evict the Japanese and set up airbases. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Explorers Have Found the Wreckage of the Sunken World War II Aircraft Carrier USS Wasp," 14 Mar. 2019 Evrofinance was founded as a binational bank to fund joint Russia-Venezuela oil and infrastructure projects, according to the Treasury. Mengqi Sun, WSJ, "U.S. Places Sanctions on Moscow-Based Evrofinance Mosnarbank," 11 Mar. 2019 The 39-year-old went to Princeton for college before pursuing a joint degree in business and public administration from Harvard. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "What Michael Bloomberg's Daughters Think of His Decision Not to Run for President," 9 Mar. 2019 One of their first joint ventures, according to THR, will be the sequel to TATBILB. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Everything We Know About the To All the Boys I've Loved Before Sequel," 27 Nov. 2018 Rhino horn is traditionally used to treat ailments including fever, rheumatism and gout, and tiger-bone products have been used for relieving joint pains and boosting male virility. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "China Suspends Its Relaxation of Wildlife-Trade Ban," 12 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The couple jointed other A-list guests at an annual pre-BAFTAs gathering hosted by Charles Finch and Chanel, which took place at the private club 5 Hertford Street and its downstairs club, Loulou's, WWD reports. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Irina Shayk Looked So Chic in All-White Chanel for a Night Out with Bradley Cooper," 11 Feb. 2019 With today’s announcement, Bird has once again asked other dockless transit companies to joint them in taking the pledge. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Scooter startup Bird plans to fund protected bike lanes," 2 Aug. 2018 Rocky River: Area residents are invited to joint the Veterans' Council for Rocky River and Lakewood for a Memorial Day parade that begins at Rocky River High School at 10 a.m. May 28. Linda Gandee/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Memorial Day parades and remembrance ceremonies coming up in Bay Village, Rocky River and Westlake," 14 May 2018 At each performances, a local celebrities from the audience are called upon to joint the cast of spellers. Laura Demarco, cleveland.com, ""The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" is poignant and F-U-N (review)," 21 Apr. 2018 Recently his son West jointed the P&CMA board for a three-year term. William Thornton, AL.com, "Hollar inducted into Petroleum & Convenience Marketers HOF," 24 Jan. 2018 Randolph is an instructor flying training hub, Lackland home to Air Force basic training and Fort Sam home to joint medic instruction for the armed services. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas cities eye possible government shutdown with anger, frustration," 17 Jan. 2018 The eight legs of the Octopod clock are jointed; the articulations can be unlocked by a button in each leg, and posed in a standing or extended position. Jack Forster, Bloomberg.com, "Creepy or Incredible? This $36,000 Clock Looks Like a Robot Octopus," 19 Sep. 2017 The two agreed to joint custody last week, PEOPLE confirmed. Aurelie Corinthios, PEOPLE.com, "Rob Kardashian Skips KUWTK 10th Anniversary Special as Kris Jenner Says He's Doing 'Great'," 25 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of joint

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1530, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

History and Etymology for joint

Noun and Verb

Middle English jointe, from Anglo-French, from joindre — see join entry 1

Adjective

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from past participle of joindre — see join entry 1

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joint

noun

English Language Learners Definition of joint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a point where two bones meet in the body
: a place where two things or parts are joined
: a particular place

joint

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of joint (Entry 2 of 2)

: combining the work of two or more people or groups of people
: done by or involving two or more people
: doing something together

joint

noun
\ ˈjȯint How to pronounce joint (audio) \

Kids Definition of joint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a point where two bones of the skeleton come together usually in a way that allows motion The knee is a joint.
2 : a place where two things or parts are joined The pipe has a leaky joint.
3 : a part of a plant stem where a leaf or branch develops
4 : a business establishment a fried chicken joint

Other Words from joint

jointed \ ˈjȯin-​təd \ adjective

joint

adjective

Kids Definition of joint (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : joined together The joint effect of wind and rain caused erosion.
2 : done by or shared by two or more a joint bank account

Other Words from joint

jointly adverb

joint

noun
\ ˈjȯint How to pronounce joint (audio) \

Medical Definition of joint

: the point of contact between elements of an animal skeleton whether movable or rigidly fixed together with the surrounding and supporting parts (as membranes, tendons, or ligaments) the capsule of the shoulder joint
out of joint
of a bone
: having the head slipped from its socket

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joint

adjective

Legal Definition of joint

1 : common to two or more: as
a : involving the combined activity or negligence of two or more a joint tort — see also joint tortfeasor — compare several
b : shared by or affecting two or more as a unit a joint account
2 : united, joined, or sharing with another (as in a right or status) joint heirs

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