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 There are those who fear for his health, who wonder how ligaments, cartilage, bones and joints support that kind of frame over an 82-game season. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Zion Williamson lives up to hype in preseason debut," 8 Oct. 2019 Collagen for arthritis and healing wounds Starting in our 20s, our bodies produce less collagen, causing our skin to sag and wrinkle, our bones and joints to weaken and stiffen, and our hair to become thinner. Brooke Russell, Quartzy, "Drinking collagen has health benefits—but don’t put it in your coffee," 5 Oct. 2019 Adding alternative workouts to your schedule gives your muscles and joints a break from the pounding that’s associated with running while still burning calories and developing cardiovascular fitness. baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Leimkuhler: Cross-training to combat burnout, injuries," 29 Sep. 2019 The resulting stress placed on the muscles, joints and bones causes fatigue and soreness that ultimately affects performance. Stephanie Mansour, NBC News, "5 signs you're working out too hard," 19 Sep. 2019 Michael Fredericson, a sports medicine physician at Stanford Health Care, says topical CBD can be an effective anti-inflammatory treatment for sore muscles or joints, but applying CBD during or after a workout may not actually be all that helpful. Ashley Abramson, Allure, "CBD-Infused Clothing Claims to Prevent Soreness Before It Starts, But Does It Work?," 19 Sep. 2019 Collagen for arthritis and healing wounds Starting in our 20s, our bodies produce less collagen, causing our skin to sag and wrinkle, our bones and joints to weaken and stiffen, and our hair to become thinner. Brooke Russell, The Conversation, "Collagen in your coffee? A scientist says forget it," 18 Sep. 2019 Rubs and balms, meanwhile, are best for the direct use on specific areas of pain, like sore muscles and joints. Dan Reilly, The Courier-Journal, "CBD 101: What you need to know about this popular natural ingredient," 2 Aug. 2019 That isn’t a totally unreasonable theory to anyone who pays attention to the human body or who has had surgery on a weight-bearing joint. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Why Giants’ Buster Posey still gets benefit of doubt in frustrating year," 13 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The fundraisers are scheduled to be hosted by Trump Victory, a joint committee between the Trump 2020 campaign and the Republican National Committee. NBC News, "Trump expected to rake in $15 million in 24 hours in California," 17 Sep. 2019 In a joint announcement on Tuesday morning, Pop TV and Canada’s CBC and CBC Gem all revealed season 6 will kick off Jan. 7. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Schitt's Creek final season gets a premiere date," 17 Sep. 2019 The fundraisers will benefit Trump Victory, the joint entity that funds Trump's reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee. Fox News, "Trump, on offensive, hosts New Mexico rally, aiming to turn the state red," 17 Sep. 2019 Hanging Hills has again collaborated with Bear’s Smokehouse for its unique German-style lager, using fresh pumpkin smoked at Bear’s with the barbecue joint’s secret dry rub. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "It’s time for fall beers at Connecticut breweries. Here are eight of them.," 16 Sep. 2019 Hill suffered a posterior sternoclavicular joint dislocation in last week's game. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "State NFL Roundup: Kwon Alexander busy in 49ers’ win," 16 Sep. 2019 Walker vlogged the entire process for their joint YouTube account. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Watch YouTube Couple De'arra and Ken 4 Life Get Engaged On A Romantic Date In Greece," 16 Sep. 2019 The fundraisers will benefit Trump Victory, the joint entity that funds the president's re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee. Fortune, "Trump Expected to Raise $15 Million During California Fundraising Trip," 16 Sep. 2019 Iacobelli and Morgan were accused of misspending thousands of dollars meant for worker training at the joint UAW-FCA facility known as the National Training Center, or NTC. Cindy Burton, Detroit Free Press, "UAW corruption scandal hangs over contract talks: Here's the latest," 16 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb New decorations inside make the beloved southern fast food joint feel more like a sit-down restaurant. Anna Beahm | Abeahm@al.com, al, "Homewood Jack’s reopens with a new look," 9 Sep. 2019 Shannon and David, who are parents to three daughters — Sophie, 17, and 14-year-old twins Stella and Adeline — have agreed to joint legal and physical custody of their daughters. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Shannon Beador Awarded $138,000 from RHOC Alum Alexis Bellino’s Ex-Husband Jim," 13 June 2019 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

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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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11 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for joint

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

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joint

noun
How to pronounce joint (audio)

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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