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 Despite its name, the circa-1968 joint is not a coffeehouse at all, but a no-frills 24-hour diner more famous for its burgers. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, "Biden voters are the shy ones in pivotal Michigan county," 9 Sep. 2020 If scar tissue buildup creates a hindrance, a knee scope could also be done to clean up the affected joint. Jeff Nowak, NOLA.com, "Alvin Kamara at 100%: After 'damn good' year despite injury, why Saints RB is primed for more," 9 Sep. 2020 But chef Brent Menke’s eclectic, international menu shows a lot of promise, particularly for a quiet — if refined — neighborhood joint. Lauren Saria, The Arizona Republic, "Ramen, gumbo and fried fish: 5 new restaurants to try in September in metro Phoenix," 8 Sep. 2020 Pipe along the inside joint to add extra support to the connection and place heavy aluminum cans against the pieces to provide support while the icing dries (at least 3 hours). Christopher Michel, Country Living, "How to Make Beautiful Gingerbread House Cottages," 8 Sep. 2020 But less than two months later, and just before the coronavirus began to sweep through Oregon, Hunt popped up with a new burger joint, Union Burger, a food cart with a streamlined menu and similarly tasty burgers. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "At Union Burger, a beloved Black-owned Portland burger spot returns to its roots," 3 Sep. 2020 From the Ford plant to a barbecue joint John Bunyan Cole, the founder and namesake of Bunyan’s Bar-B-Q, grew up in the small Lauderdale County town of Killen and learned the finer art of barbecuing at an early age. Bob Carlton | Bcarlton@al.com, al, "Singing the praises of a North Alabama barbecue staple," 1 Sep. 2020 What was in their range, however, was a 1,400-square-foot Casselberry pizza joint, a tiny place buried amid comparative behemoths motorists could actually see from the multi-lane madness of SR 436 — Buffalo Wild Wings, Tijuana Flats, Wawa. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Splashy sandos, superhero desserts at Alex’s Fresh Kitchen," 20 Aug. 2020 Then Jerrier opened a New York-style pizza joint named Zoli’s, first in Addison and later in Fort Worth. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "What’s the deal with Detroit-style pizza in Dallas right now?," 5 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The three leaders also issued a brief six-paragraph joint statement, attesting to the deal. Matthew Lee, The Christian Science Monitor, "Bahrain normalizes ties with Israel in diplomatic win for Trump," 11 Sep. 2020 The director involved in the campaign has since left the company and the country, Unilever said in a joint statement with the EFF on Thursday. Eoin Mcsweeney, CNN, "South Africa retailers remove TRESemmé products from shelves over 'racist' ad," 11 Sep. 2020 The three leaders also issued a brief six-paragraph joint statement, attesting to the deal. Matthew Lee, Anchorage Daily News, "Bahrain to join Emirates in recognizing Israel," 11 Sep. 2020 Nash and Tucker announced their separation in a joint statement in October 2019, and their divorce was finalized in March. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "Niecy Nash says marrying Jessica Betts wasn't a 'coming out,' but a 'going into myself'," 11 Sep. 2020 The three leaders issued a joint statement that Trump shared on Twitter in the afternoon. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, "'Historic breakthrough': Trump announces Bahrain-Israel peace deal," 11 Sep. 2020 The three leaders also issued a brief joint statement. Arkansas Online, "Bahrain becomes latest Arab nation to recognize Israel," 11 Sep. 2020 The meeting and joint statement followed months of tension along the border, including a brawl in June that became the deadliest confrontation between the two militaries since 1962. Rajesh Roy, WSJ, "China and India Agree to Disengage Troops Along Disputed Border," 11 Sep. 2020 Berejiklian and Barilaro released a brief joint statement saying their coalition arrangement remained in place. Rod Mcguirk, Star Tribune, "Australian leader threatens to fire ministers over koalas," 10 Sep. 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

15 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Joint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/joint. Accessed 19 Sep. 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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