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 joint
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 joint (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 In its heyday, the joint had been a warehouse of mealy human commerce—some species of hustler at that table, his boss at the next, marks minnowing between. Colson Whitehead, The New Yorker, 19 July 2021 But smoke a joint in the privacy of your home and you could be charged with a federal felony carrying a penalty of up to a decade in prison. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, 12 June 2021 The breakfast joint also serve mimosas, beer and wine during evening events. Rose Bruno Bailey, Chron, 2 Sep. 2021 This Asian-style noodle joint on Maui should change its name to OMG, Fieri says. Larry Bleiberg, USA TODAY, 28 Aug. 2021 The Mells also ran The Corner Pour, the pour-your-own-beer joint that previously occupied Sea Salt’s space. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, 28 Aug. 2021 This type has two sets of driving wheels connected by a joint and providing great tractive force. Wayne Whittaker, Popular Mechanics, 26 Aug. 2021 Then the surgical teams were able to rebuild the ligaments around the knee joint, and then finally Levy had to reconstruct the knee. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, 22 Aug. 2021 So did Joselewe, a much-loved local joint that served goat and fish with sides of rice and beans and plantains. Anthony Faiola, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Von der Leyen also announced an EU defense summit next year, during the six-month French presidency of the bloc that begins in January, and a joint declaration with NATO before the end of the year. BostonGlobe.com, 15 Sep. 2021 Ultimately, nearly 90% of India’s medical supplies that go by road, especially to remote areas, will be replaced by drone deliveries, Amber Dubey, joint secretary in the Ministry of Civil Aviation, told Fortune. Biman Mukherji, Fortune, 15 Sep. 2021 The Pavilion is a joint project by the Clinic and Case Western Reserve University. Julie Washington, cleveland, 15 Sep. 2021 For example, surgeons can use medical-grade bone cement to seal and support existing fractures, or recommend joint-replacement surgery to ensure a person has pain-free mobility. Jessie Van Amburg, Health.com, 15 Sep. 2021 Both should contribute to a joint account for household expenses, but otherwise keep your own savings and investments separate. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, 14 Sep. 2021 But, separately, Neal would begin a new 39.6 percent bracket at $450,000 for joint filers ($400,000 for singles). Howard Gleckman, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 One more strike and Brenner will join Allan Cruz as FC Cincinnati's joint single-season leader for goals (seven). Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, 14 Sep. 2021 In August, an unrelated Fairbanks-area woman sought medical care for a similar lesion on her right thigh accompanied by joint pain. Annie Berman, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb While anyone can joint the waitlist, only residents who meet the state’s eligibility criteria and live in one of 17 ZIP codes will be invited to book appointments for the federal doses. Dallas News, 25 Feb. 2021 To joint the meeting online, go to https://zoom.us/j/97915479743. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, 20 Sep. 2020 The ramen joint in Prospect Lefferts Gardens is offering contactless pickup for everything from all-purpose flour to ramen noodles, homemade miso and stock. Elspeth Velten, New York Times, 26 Apr. 2020 Hua only jointed Twitter -- which is blocked by China's Great Firewall -- relatively recently, one of a number of Chinese diplomats and foreign ministry officials who have taken to the platform to get their message out. James Griffiths, CNN, 22 Apr. 2020 Even some of the most expensive hard swimbaits will blow out on a warp-speed retrieve, but Bucca’s jointed Bull Shad (available in sizes as small as 3 inches and up to 9 inches) is made to swim true at any speed. Pete Robbins, Field & Stream, 2 Mar. 2020 Four years ago, Manchester native Unger and her family purchased Tuck Shop from DJ Fernandes, lending the popular Coronado joint a little European spit and polish, but largely leaving its homey, comfort food vibe intact. Dominic Armato, azcentral, 17 Jan. 2020 Buffalo Spot This fast-casual wings joint opened two more Valley locations in Goodyear and Mesa. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, 3 Feb. 2020 Finger-jointed trim stock is made from shorter pieces of wood, which are finger-jointed together at the ends to create longer pieces. James Dulley, Dallas News, 5 Jan. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/joint. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for joint

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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