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 Salads are straightforward, a little fresher and more carefully assembled than your average pizza joint, but no surprises therein. Dominic Armato, The Arizona Republic, "Pizza doesn't have to be fancy to be good. This new metro Phoenix restaurant proves it," 27 June 2020 Some still might remember this restaurant as a cash-only joint named Howard’s Catfish. Jon Arnold, Dallas News, "Where to find the best catfish in Mesquite for National Catfish Day," 25 June 2020 Why More Women Have Lost Jobs During the Pandemic GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Jeffrey Cyr wheeled his white Honda sedan into a parking space near a microbrewery and a taco joint at a strip mall here around midday recently. James T. Areddy, WSJ, "Job Recruitment Adopts Social Distancing as Coronavirus Alters Practices," 22 June 2020 The pizza joint is located at 21572 Market Place Dr., Ste. 100, New Caney. Chris Shelton, Houston Chronicle, "Calendar: Events to attend in the Humble area this month," 22 June 2020 The bigger challenge will be for the small shops—the young entrepreneur’s sandwich joint, the immigrant family’s ode to its native cuisine, places that don’t have the space or the resources or the culinary wherewithal to quickly pivot. Matt Goulding, The Atlantic, "Our Weird Restaurant Future," 19 June 2020 Thrillist named one of them the best ‘BBQ joint’ in America in March 2019. Nancy Clanton, ajc, "Whether you prefer dry rub or sauce, Atlanta has some of the best barbecue in the country," 15 June 2020 In the film, Scott's mom Margie, played by Marisa Tomei, says his first tattoo was of Kermit the Frog smoking a joint. Shannon Carlin, refinery29.com, "Separating Fact From Fiction In King Of Staten Island," 15 June 2020 These are not knockoff recipes, in which ordinary people try with varying degrees of success to re-create a favorite recipe from a fast-food joint or theme park. cleveland, "Try the real recipes for these famous restaurant foods," 15 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective These include chamomile for cold, fevers and nausea; clove for dental and pain relief; lavender for calming and sleep; and rosemary for skin, hair health and joint healing. Melissa Badamo, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Benefits derived from putting essential oils in belly button are questionable," 3 July 2020 Duda urged the government leaders to agree on a joint strategy for the ongoing 2021-2027 budget negotiations among the 27 members of the European Union. Washington Post, "Poland wants generous EU budget for Central Europe," 3 July 2020 In a joint interview with the Journal Sentinel, Rozga and Kelly Hamilton offered their perspectives on public art, small sources of joy and our historical moment. Margot Armbruster, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Don't let the cynics get to you': poets laureate Rozga, Kelly Hamilton talk about living in a turbulent time," 2 July 2020 The city and its community development corporation, One South Euclid, recently completed their joint South Euclid COVID-19 Emergency Business Relief Program, in which each entity contributed $30,000 to a fund to help local small businesses. cleveland, "One South Euclid teams with city and University Suburban to supply grants to 57 local small businesses," 2 July 2020 Levi Calhoun III, 28, pleaded guilty Tuesday to making threats against school and conveying false information, according to a joint announcement Wednesday by Middle District of Alabama U.S. Attorney Louis V. Franklin Sr. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Man pleads guilty to making threats against schools in Alabama and Georgia," 1 July 2020 Four freshman Congresswomen are creating a new, joint progressive fundraising committee. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "Daily Trail Markers: Wisconsin high court unlikely to rule on voter purge case before Election Day," 1 July 2020 The joint appearance of America’s two top economic policymakers comes as the coronavirus pandemic is resurgent in many parts of the country, depressing business activity longer than many had expected and prolonging the economic pain. Alan Rappeport, BostonGlobe.com, "Mnuchin and Powell offer mixed views of recovery," 30 June 2020 In 2018, for example, Schumer said Trump refused to criticize Putin during a joint press conference. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "Russia, Russia, Russia! Democrats revive Trump-Putin narrative in wake of 'bounty' claim," 29 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Out of Flour? Try the Local Wine Bar," 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, "Coronavirus is both a crisis and an opportunity for China's aggressive new diplomacy," 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, "The 5 Best Swimbaits for Catching Big Spring Largemouth Bass," 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, "What to know before you go to Josephine, Tuck Shop owner's new Roosevelt Row restaurant," 17 Jan. 2020 Buffalo Spot This fast-casual wings joint opened two more Valley locations in Goodyear and Mesa. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "From Nobu to Matt's Big Breakfast: 27 restaurants that opened in metro Phoenix in January," 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, "Jazz up your dining room," 5 Jan. 2020 Six institutions — Bentley University, Boston Architectural College, Boston Baptist College, Curry College, Lasell University, and the Longy School of Music of Bard College — have jointed the consortium. Deirdre Fernandes, BostonGlobe.com, "UMass Boston, small colleges join forces," 9 Jan. 2020 Antibiotics are lifesaving drugs that fight infection, prolong life, and underpin almost every aspect of modern medicine, from treating strep throat to joint replacement and other surgeries. Allan Coukell, STAT, "Antibiotics need a special place in the drug pricing debate," 7 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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Time Traveler for joint

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

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Last Updated

5 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Joint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/joint. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for joint

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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