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joint

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noun \ ˈjȯint \

Definition of joint

1 a (1) :the point of contact between elements of an animal skeleton with the parts that surround and support it
  • the hip joint
(2) :node 5b
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 ~
c slang :prison 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

play \ˈjȯin-təd\ adjective

jointedly

adverb

jointedness

noun
out of joint
1 a of a bone :having the head slipped from its socket
b :at variance
2 a :disordered 2a
b :being out of humor :dissatisfied
  • losing put him out of joint

Examples of joint in a Sentence

  1. She's been having pain in her muscles and joints.

  2. seal the joints of the pipes

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Origin and Etymology of joint

Middle English jointe, from Anglo-French, from joindre — see 1join


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joint

adjective

Definition of joint

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

Examples of joint in a Sentence

  1. filing a joint tax return

  2. They had a joint account at the bank.

  3. divorced parents who have joint custody of their child

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Origin and Etymology of joint

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from past participle of joindre — see 1join


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joint

verb

Definition of joint

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

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Origin and Etymology of joint



JOINT Defined for English Language Learners

joint

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noun

Definition of joint for English Language Learners

  • : a point where two bones meet in the body

  • : a place where two things or parts are joined

  • : a particular place


joint

adjective

Definition of joint for English Language Learners

  • : combining the work of two or more people or groups of people

  • : done by or involving two or more people

  • : doing something together


JOINT Defined for Kids

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joint

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noun \ ˈjȯint \

Definition of joint for Students

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

jointed

\ˈjȯin-təd\ adjective

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joint

adjective

Definition of joint for Students

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

jointly

adverb

Medical Dictionary

joint

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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

Illustration of joint


Law Dictionary

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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