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

Beyond and competitor Impossible Foods have already established a notable footprint in the nation’s fast food burger joints. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Plant-Based Fried Chicken Is on the Menu in KFC, Beyond Meat Partnership," 26 Aug. 2019 But storefronts are still abandoned husks, and many residents loathe the dominance of liquor stores and fast-food joints. New York Times, "He’s a Veteran of Upheaval, Molded by Ferguson’s Traumas. He’s 7.," 8 Aug. 2019 In the United States, two hyphenated fast food joints have sat high upon the thrones of their regional kingdoms. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Chick-fil-A named America's favorite fast food restaurant, dethroning In-N-Out," 1 Aug. 2019 The owner of Lou Lou Food + Drink has plans to open a street food joint in the former Mellow Mushroom location. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Waylon's Feed & Firewater in St. Matthews announced Saturday that it has closed," 29 June 2019 Breslau, a Polish fast-food joint, serves five pierogi options that can be consumed at picnic tables on the sidewalk. Michelle Hackman And Georgia Wells, WSJ, "The Quirkiest Dining Scene in Berlin? Communist Comfort Food," 28 June 2019 While this may be great news for Washington, D.C.-area fast food joints, star player Megan Rapinoe certainly won’t share their enthusiasm. Chuck Schilken, latimes.com, "Trump invites USWNT to White House after Megan Rapinoe says she won’t go," 26 June 2019 My kitchen cabinets overflowed with pilfered napkins and plastic utensils from skuzzy fast-food joints. Stacy Torres, Longreads, "How I Became ‘Rich’," 20 June 2019 And suddenly, these fake meat products are everywhere, from grocery stores to trendy NYC restaurants like The Butcher’s Daughter and Mission Chinese, and even in fast food joints where beef has long reigned supreme. Cait Munro, refinery29.com, "Beyond Burger Stock Is Soaring, But For Some Vegetarians, It's More Sizzle Than Steak," 20 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The mother of one of the children, a 10-month old baby told The Associated Press that families were preparing to file a joint lawsuit against Farma-Química Sur. Washington Post, "Spain: Children grow body hair from alleged drug mix-up," 31 Aug. 2019 The Patriots also released receiver Braxton Berrios, who ran a lot of routes this summer — even working with the first team during joint practices in Tennessee when injuries thinned the corps — but couldn’t crack the roster. Jim Mcbride, BostonGlobe.com, "Gunner Olszewski makes Patriots’ initial 53-man roster after all," 31 Aug. 2019 Last year the two governments announced 44 joint strategic projects that included investment, infrastructure and security cooperation. Tim Lister, CNN, "Yemen fighting brings Saudi-led coalition to brink of collapse," 31 Aug. 2019 Teen misfits at a modest burger joint face competition from a hamburger emporium across the street. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 1 - 7, 2019: John Wayne in ‘The Searchers’ and more," 30 Aug. 2019 For Neymar himself, once tipped to take over the joint mantle of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the best player in the world, that could be disastrous. SI.com, "Neymar Transfer at Risk as All 3 Barcelona Players Reject Part-Exchange Move to PSG," 30 Aug. 2019 That leaves the talented third-round draft pick from San Diego State unlikely to be ready anytime soon since the concussion has lingered since he got hurt in a joint practice with the Green Bay Packers. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Texans rookie Kahale Warring still in concussion protocol, IR considered likely," 30 Aug. 2019 French President Emmanuel Macron said the G-7 had agreed to send a joint message to Iran. Annah Aschbrenner, USA TODAY, "OnPolitics: Batten down the hatches," 29 Aug. 2019 Rather than needing to be coerced, the vasectomy was a joint decision made after lengthy partner discussions. Dara T. Mathis, SELF, "We Need to Stop Acting Like Vasectomies Are Heroic," 29 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The eight legs of the Octopod clock are jointed; the articulations can be unlocked by a button in each leg, and posed in a standing or extended position. Jack Forster, Bloomberg.com, "Creepy or Incredible? This $36,000 Clock Looks Like a Robot Octopus," 19 Sep. 2017

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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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joint

noun

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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