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

Seams are fused together to create undetectable joints, which makes solid surface great for large or long sections of countertop. Joe Lindsey, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Countertop Materials," 9 May 2019 Michael Schall owns two restaurants in New York: Camillo, a neighborhood Italian joint, which uses Resy, and Locanda, a pricier and more upscale restaurant, which uses OpenTable. Sayer Devlin, Recode, "Resy is winning newer, cooler restaurants away from OpenTable," 19 Oct. 2018 Collagen Peptides There are two amino acids in the protein collagen — proline and glycine — that are essential for the formation and repair of joints, bones, muscles, and tendons, Dr. Bowe says. Amy Capetta, Woman's Day, "5 Anti-Aging Supplements That May Actually Work," 16 Oct. 2018 The other screen joint—the one at the top of the keyboard—is a proper stiff hinge from a laptop. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Hands-on: HP’s leather-clad laptop might just be the best convertible around," 1 Oct. 2018 Shop: Marine Specialties Commercial Street is home to an entire slew of souvenir joints, galleries, and home decor shops—but none hold a candle to this wacky hole in the wall, a Provincetown institution for 55 years. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips From Boston," 9 Aug. 2018 This book, written by the founder of the titular Austin, Texas, BBQ joint, details recipes, smoker construction, and wood selection. Bryan Rogala, Outside Online, "10 Products That Will Turn You Into a Grill Master," 13 July 2018 Water transports nutrients, regulates body temperature, lubricates joints and internal organs, supports the structure of cells and tissues and preserves cardiovascular function. New York Times, "How to Meet Your Body’s Water Needs," 9 July 2018 Those ligaments connect the humerus (the long bone in your upper arm between the elbow joint and shoulder) and the ulna (the long, thinner bone in your forearm on the opposite side of your thumb). Gabriel Baumgaertner, SI.com, "With Violent Elbow Injuries Behind Him, Braves Reliever Dan Winkler Is Pitching Like an All-Star," 4 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The joint venture was easily one of the most heartbreaking in either drama’s histories. Megan Stein, Country Living, "The ‘Station 19’ and ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Crossover Killed Off a Major Character," 4 May 2019 Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas rejected an offer to hold a joint meeting with U.S. presidential adviser Jared Kushner and other Arab leaders, Al Hayat reported, citing diplomatic sources. Abbas Al Lawati, Bloomberg.com, "Abbas Rejected U.S. Offer for Kushner Meeting, Al Hayat Says," 30 June 2018 Moshe Feiglin wants Israelis to be able to smoke a joint without legal consequences. WSJ, "The Potential Kingmaker in Israel: An Ultranationalist Who Wants to Legalize Pot," 4 Apr. 2019 Elon Musk won’t be smoking a joint on the video podcast of a famous comedian any time soon, according to NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Elon Musk won’t be smoking weed in public again, NASA admin says," 30 Nov. 2018 Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% 0:00 / 3:01 What does lighting up a joint do to your brain? Scott Berson, miamiherald, "Mom gave boy weed if he was good and took it away when he was bad, Indiana cops say," 9 July 2018 Gutner suspects her dog accidentally ate an edible or a joint when on a run earlier that day. NBC News, "More dogs being poisoned by marijuana, vets say," 8 July 2018 In r/trees, a community for marijuana enthusiasts, Snoo puffs a joint. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "The Transformative Power of Reddit's Alien Mascot," 6 July 2018 Firms like Awesomeness and Complex Media (both partially owned by Verizon through its joint venture with Hearst) struck expansive deals to distribute content on the app, resulting in shows like teen drama T@gged and docuseries QB1. Natalie Jarvey, The Hollywood Reporter, "After Go90's Collapse, Who's Buying "Snackable" TV Now?," 12 July 2018

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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