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 Shoulder pains continued until he was further diagnosed in 2019 with 'posterior labral tear of his left shoulder,' which means that the cartilage around his left shoulder joint has been torn. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "BTS's Suga Gives Update After Shoulder Surgery and Thanks ARMY for Support," 9 Nov. 2020 That comes after Darnold initially sprained the AC joint in the arm and had to sit out two games. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Patriots vs. Jets live stream (11/9): How to watch NFL Week 9 online, TV, time," 9 Nov. 2020 Darnold initially sprained the AC joint in the shoulder and had to sit out two games. Dennis Waszak Jr., courant.com, "Skidding Patriots, 0-8 Jets try to turn things around on MNF," 8 Nov. 2020 Trubisky missed two starts in 2018 after spraining the AC joint in his right shoulder. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago Bears Week 9 storylines: Mitch Trubisky’s recovery prognosis, a quarterback change that worked and potential NFL playoff expansion," 7 Nov. 2020 Waiting in line for two hours for Nashville-style hot chicken in Los Angeles, brothers Arif and Kamal Mohamed had plenty of time to catch up, watch Netflix and fantasize about opening a similar chicken joint in Minnesota. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "Fried chicken sandwiches are booming in the Twin Cities. Here are 14 great ones," 4 Nov. 2020 Novak Djokovic suffered the joint worst defeat of his career, losing 6-2 6-1 to Italy's Lorenzo Sonego in the quarter-finals of the Vienna Open. Matias Grez, CNN, "Novak Djokovic suffers joint heaviest defeat of his career against 'lucky loser' Lorenzo Sonego," 30 Oct. 2020 Back in the Dark Ages of cannabis consumption, the only rule that seemed to matter was not to bogart that joint. Los Angeles Times, "25 stoner-approved gifts cannabis enthusiasts will actually use," 30 Oct. 2020 North of the Rock Hall, this hip Mexican joint’s name is truth in advertising. cleveland, "13 women-owned restaurants in Greater Cleveland," 27 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In 2019, Marshall launched his Mogul Vision label as a joint venture with Arista Records and acts including Cleveland singer KennyHoopla and Atlanta rapper Blaatina. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Revealed: Billboard's 2020 R&B/Hip-Hop Power Players — In A Year of Activism," 12 Nov. 2020 Also contained in the presentation is information about the new Mazda crossover model that will be built in the company's new plant in Alabama that is a joint venture with Toyota. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "Mazda Shows Inline-Six Engines, Confirms U.S.-Built Hybrid SUV," 11 Nov. 2020 About a year ago, the joint venture bulked up its telehealth services and behavioral health options. Dallas News, "In the COVID-19 age, many companies are improving health benefits, even capping deductibles," 11 Nov. 2020 The Chinese money never showed up for the joint venture. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "Should Hunter Biden have registered as foreign agent of China? GOP senator asks DOJ to find out," 10 Nov. 2020 Abu Dhabi’s state energy firm Adnoc and ADQ, one of the emirate’s investment vehicles, announced a joint venture to grow the chemicals industry in the United Arab Emirates. Laura Hurst, Bloomberg.com, "Iraq Committed to Energy Projects, Minister Says: Adipec Update," 10 Nov. 2020 About a decade later, Apple switched to the PowerPC line, a joint venture with Moto and IBM. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Why Apple is dumping Intel—and what we might get out of it," 9 Nov. 2020 The Roanoke Times reports the news comes from Equitrans Midstream Corp., the lead partner in the joint venture of five energy companies. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Interfaith solidarity, sick election workers, #Sharpiegate: News from around our 50 states," 6 Nov. 2020 Kokorich’s first firm in the US, Canopus, was a joint venture with an American company called Stellar Exploration, founded in 2012 as Silicon Valley became a hotbed of space start-ups. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "The CEO of a $1.2 billion space company can’t use its technology," 5 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb To joint the meeting online, go to https://zoom.us/j/97915479743. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "THIS WEEK: Fort Bend County bond election update slated for Wednesday," 20 Sep. 2020 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

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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

14 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Joint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/joint. Accessed 24 Nov. 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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