joint

1 of 3

noun

plural joints
1
a(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
2
a
: 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
3
a
: 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
jointed adjective
jointedly adverb
jointedness noun

joint

2 of 3

adjective

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
jointly adverb

joint

3 of 3

verb

jointed; jointing; joints

transitive verb

1
a
: to unite by a joint : fit together
joint two boards
her elbows and shoulders are jointed wrong Irish 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
Phrases
out of joint
1
a
of a bone : having the head slipped from its socket
b
: at variance
2
b
: being out of humor : dissatisfied
losing put him out of joint

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
It’s a mom-and-pop joint that has somehow managed to hang onto a ridiculously prime location. al, 27 May 2022 Aside from an annual WWOOF membership fee ($40 single, $65 joint), no money is exchanged. Washington Post, 5 May 2022 Simon’s Tavern, a neighborhood joint that opened in 1934, was serving glogg. Marc Bona, cleveland, 13 Dec. 2021 Thomas Keller’s first Florida joint will transport you to glitz and glamour of the 1950s. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 1 Dec. 2021 The front suspension uses a double-joint spring strut setup while the rear suspension is a multi-link design, paired with adaptive dampers and variable-ratio electric power steering. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 24 Nov. 2022 What was the name of the Kendrick joint over the Marvin Gaye sample? William E. Ketchum Iii, Billboard, 23 Nov. 2022 With the last exterior joint neatly nailed, stand back and take it all in. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 22 Nov. 2022 As Giordano explains, these circles are going to get the stretch through the entire wrist joint and also start to stretch through the forearms. Perri O. Blumberg, Men's Health, 15 Nov. 2022
Adjective
American Electric Power in 2017 sold the plant to Lighthouse Generation, a joint venture between two private equity firms. Jake Zuckerman, cleveland, 22 Nov. 2022 One of the goals of the new joint venture is to more equitably share profits with filmmakers, including creators and crew members, as streaming services begin to eclipse traditional theatrical release formats. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 22 Nov. 2022 The approval is part of the wider opening up of China’s financial market, which previously forced foreign firms to operate using joint ventures. Rebecca Feng, WSJ, 21 Nov. 2022 Honda and Sony, under the joint venture Sony Honda Mobility, are planning to go into the electric-vehicle business together. Jack Fitzgerald, Car and Driver, 21 Nov. 2022 The Lichaa and Menasha burial sites were restored in a joint venture between the US Embassy in Cairo, the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) and representatives of American and Egyptian Jewish organizations. Hadas Gold, CNN, 21 Nov. 2022 The company that sold Odyssey the rights to the drug, Prevacus, had received the state money and remains part of a joint venture with Odyssey, public records show. Laura Strickler, NBC News, 21 Nov. 2022 One way to reduce costs while expanding a viable streaming service was to enter into joint ventures. James B. Stewart, New York Times, 19 Nov. 2022 Government lawyers tried at several times during the trial to use previous comments by American and JetBlue executives, including times when JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes criticized joint ventures involving other airlines. David Koenig, Fortune, 18 Nov. 2022
Verb
The Obama administration had pushed to create and joint the Trans-Pacific Partnership — a free trade agreement with 11 other Pacific Rim countries — but that effort was abandoned by then-President Trump. Courtney Subramanianstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2022 Texas Tech won its 2021 opener in Houston, but that was the weekend before those four schools got invitations to joint the Big 12. Stephen Hawkins, Chron, 8 Sep. 2022 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 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of joint was in the 13th century

Cite this Entry

“Joint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/joint. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

joint

1 of 3 noun
1
a
: the point of contact of two bones in the animal body often including the surrounding and supporting parts
c
: a part or space included between two joints, knots, or nodes
the upper joint of the arm
2
: a large piece of meat for roasting
3
: a place where two things or parts are joined
a joint in a pipe
4
a
: a cheap or shabby place of entertainment
5
: a marijuana cigarette
jointed adjective

joint

2 of 3 adjective
1
: united sense 1, combined
a joint effort
2
: done by or shared by two or more persons
a joint account
3
: sharing with another
joint owner
jointly adverb

joint

3 of 3 verb
1
a
: to fit together
b
: to provide with a joint
2
: to separate the joints of
jointer noun

Medical Definition

joint

noun
: 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

Legal Definition

joint

adjective
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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