joint

noun
\ˈjȯint \

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

(2) : node sense 5b

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

2a : disordered sense 2a

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 \ 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

Fontana rose from strip joints in his native Shreveport, Louisiana to the heights of musical history as Presley's first and longtime drummer. Adrian Sainz And Hillel Italie, chicagotribune.com, "Longtime Elvis Presley drummer D.J. Fontana has died," 14 June 2018 Boneless Wings Gate is an epidemic that stretches from local burger joints to TGI Friday’s corporate office. Jimmy O. Yang, Bon Appetit, "Boneless Wings Are a Lie!!!!," 21 May 2018 Meanwhile, Clifford has crisscrossed America, dancing at airport strip joints and luxe nightclubs, flyover states and the country’s capitals of vice. Matthew Ormseth, courant.com, "Stormy Daniels Will Bring Her Show To East Windsor Night Club In June," 16 Apr. 2018 Despite steady improvement in technology and outcomes, replacement joints don’t create superhumans. Robert Weisman, BostonGlobe.com, "Boomers line up for joint replacements, and their expectations are high," 2 Apr. 2018 The Classic Option From New York slice joints to gas station frozen, pizza is obviously the classic late night snack. Paula Forbes, GQ, "The Absolute Best Ways to Deal with Your Drunk Munchies," 4 Mar. 2018 The casinos that the billionaire has built, from The Mirage and Bellagio to Wynn Macau and Wynn Palace, helped transform Las Vegas and Macau from seedy gambling joints into luxury high-roller destinations. The Economist, "Sexual misconduct allegations against Steve Wynn hurt his empire," 3 Feb. 2018 Enthusiasts say that possible benefits of qi gong can include more restful sleep, improved mobility and flexibility, improved balance lessons, healthier skin, more energy and even less pain in joints. Geoff Bruce, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "5 things to do in the North Shore this week," 28 Jan. 2018 Meanwhile, one of my favorite moments on the train was when an experienced train rider called ahead to a favorite barbecue joint in an upcoming Texas town. Caille Millner, SFChronicle.com, "All-American road trip — by train," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Strzok is set to testify before a joint session of the House Judiciary and House Oversight Committees on Thursday, July 12, at 10 am Eastern. Alex Ward, Vox, "How to watch FBI agent Peter Strzok’s testimony in front of Congress," 12 July 2018 Last summer, Putin suggested to Trump that the U.S. stop having joint military exercises with South Korea. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Will Trump Be Meeting With His Counterpart — Or His Handler?," 8 July 2018 Right after that June 12 summit with Kim, Trump called off joint military exercises with South Korea that had been an irritant to North Korea. Robert Hutton, Bloomberg.com, "U.K. Worries About What Trump Could Promise Putin," 28 June 2018 Recently, the Israeli Air Force concluded a joint training exercise with the Hellenic Air Force in Greek airspace, marking another chapter in close cooperation between the two Mediterranean air forces. Yaakov Lappin, Jewish Journal, "Israeli paratroopers conduct training drills on Polish soil," 26 June 2018 By contrast, Trump agreed to several specific concessions, including a pause in joint U.S.-South Korea military exercises. NBC News, "Pompeo cancels Senate briefing on North Korea deal," 19 June 2018 There is also a split over whether to suspend the joint military exercises with South Korea. Grace Sparks, CNN, "Poll: North Korea summit was a good idea and helped Trump," 14 June 2018 However, that doesn't count the 7-on-7 competitions that get your basketball or baseball coach's nose out of joint. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Springer: Let the Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky high school football hype begin," 6 July 2018 Collectively, this costuming suggests that time is out of joint and history itself is imploding. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Love and death in Spring Green: 'The Recruiting Officer,' 'Exit the King'," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The eight legs of the Octopod clock are jointed Jack Forster, Bloomberg.com, "Creepy or Incredible? This $36,000 Clock Looks Like a Robot Octopus," 19 Sep. 2017 Mike Cunningham of Will Fish Tackle in Auburn said the most effective way to get bass is to troll a Rapala jointed shad rap in crawdad colors 100 feet behind the boat. sacbee, "Fishing line: Here come the salmon," 28 Aug. 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

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

Verb

joint 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 \

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 \

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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