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

Decades ago, researchers began using the presence of spondylosis deformans, in which bony spurs or bridges form around discs and spinal joints, as an indicator that a dog was used to drag or carry loads. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Ancient Dogs Weren’t the Workhorses We Thought They Were," 18 June 2019 Feeling tightness around the joints, lower back pain, difficulty straightening out bent knees, and knees that stiffen while bent are all common signs. Elissa Sanci, Woman's Day, "7 Early Symptoms of MS In Women," 13 June 2019 The tiny joint in San Miguel’s downtown Zona Centro ethically sources its beans from a small farm some 400 miles away in Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca. Jeremy Glass, National Geographic, "Coffee-brewing is an art in this historic Mexican city," 12 June 2019 Among some of the establishments are several burger joints, some born here in Houston, others popular for their coast-to-coast cult followings. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "Houston's most anticipated restaurant openings for late summer, early fall 2019," 12 June 2019 The places in Cleveland that applied cover craft breweries, fine-dining restaurants, topless joints, hotels and many others. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "60-plus bars, restaurants granted waiver to stay open late during MLB All-Star Week," 11 June 2019 He’d developed no new symptoms since his last visit — no fever, no stiffness in his neck or joints, no diarrhea, no rashes. Julia Michie Bruckner, Discover Magazine, "Is a Teen's Pain Just Drama, or Something Worse?," 12 Mar. 2019 For about 1% of people who get the disease, the infection travels from their lungs to additional body parts, such as the skin, bones and joints, or central nervous system. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "Valley Fever Fungus Caused the Huge Lesion on This Man’s Tongue," 5 June 2019 Check out a downtown barbecue joint, better banh mi in Chandler and a true rarity in the Valley: excellent West African cuisine. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Eat Here First in June: 3 new restaurants to try before everybody else does," 25 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund, a joint venture of Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association, awarded a $153,000 grant toward construction. Ted Slowik, Daily Southtown, "Slowik: Baseball field creates sense of community pride in Ford Heights," 7 June 2019 Seventy-five years ago today Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy in one of the largest joint military actions in modern history. WSJ, "PE Daily: HMC Forms PE Index Fund | Digital Colony Raises $4 Billion | Rahm Emanuel’s New Gig," 6 June 2019 Cunningham said in the joint statement with Schneider. Jim Newton, Lake County News-Sun, "Approval of long-awaited EPA brownfield cleanup funds 'a key turning point' for Waukegan's south lakefront," 6 June 2019 According to a joint announcement made by zoo officials and Kiddie Park co-owner Rad Weaver on Thursday, the local staple will move to the parking lot next to the zoo entrance. Madalyn Mendoza, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio’s famed Kiddie Park on Broadway still moving near the Zoo," 6 June 2019 In a joint statement, the U.S., Norway, and Britain condemned the Sudanese security forces for violent attacks on protesters. Fox News, "Sudan's military crackdown on pro-democracy protesters results in at least 100 dead: opposition group," 5 June 2019 Republican House Speaker Jose Oliva and Republican state Rep. Chris Sprowls, who is in line to become the next speaker, issued a joint statement condemning Hill and also demanding an apology. NBC News, "Florida lawmaker denounced for response to kill gays remarks," 4 June 2019 Then the world's richest couple, Jeff and MacKenzie announced their separation in January of this year in a joint statement on Twitter. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "MacKenzie Bezos Pledges to Donate Half Her Net Worth to Charity," 28 May 2019 In a joint statement with Bahrain, the White House said the workshop will give government, civil and business leaders a chance to gather support for economic initiatives that could be possible with a peace agreement. Deb Riechmann, The Seattle Times, "US to roll out economic part of Mideast peace plan," 20 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The two agreed to joint custody last week, PEOPLE confirmed. Aurelie Corinthios, PEOPLE.com, "Rob Kardashian Skips KUWTK 10th Anniversary Special as Kris Jenner Says He's Doing 'Great'," 25 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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