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 Frequent visits to fast-food joints might flag you as a health risk, which could be a problem if your health insurer could pay to learn about that. Washington Post, "For banks, data on your spending habits could be a gold mine," 2 Dec. 2019 Starting Sunday, people who are at least 21 years old could purchase and travel with up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana in Michigan – equal to about 160 half-gram joints. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, "Law enforcement on the lookout for Ohioans importing legalized marijuana from Michigan," 2 Dec. 2019 Manufacturing and designing bicycle frames from bamboo and carbon fiber joints, his team makes frames for the road the and the mountains sourcing raw materials locally. Popmech Editors, Popular Mechanics, "How a Personal Project Turned into a Handmade Bicycle Company," 21 Nov. 2019 From local dives to familiar chain fast-food joints, anyone can find something to chow down while waiting to board. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Where to eat at Houston’s airports this holiday travel season," 19 Nov. 2019 MicroRNA could be injected into joints or developed into medicines that prevent or reverse arthritis, the study said. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Humans have a 'salamander-like' ability to regrow cartilage, study finds," 10 Oct. 2019 Consumers also are showing more interest in the dried flower used in joints. Jennifer Peltz, The Denver Post, "Lung illnesses send chill through U.S. marijuana vape market," 26 Sep. 2019 Texas Monthly's Daniel Vaughn named Heim to the magazine's top 50 joints in the state in 2017, and recently shared insight about those pork jewels. Dallas News, "Fort Worth's Heim Barbecue shares recipes for the perfect cookout side dishes," 1 July 2019 From fine-dining restaurants to meat and threes, barbecue joints to fish camps, here are our choices for the best places to eat in each of Alabama's 67 counties. Bob Carlton | Bcarlton@al.com, al.com, "The story behind Mentone’s Wildflower Cafe and the woman who keeps it funky," 7 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective SoftBank and South Korea’s Naver Corp. will take Line private and then fold Line and Yahoo Japan into a new joint venture. Pavel Alpeyev, Fortune, "How SoftBank Plans to Create an Internet Giant to Take on Google (at Least in Japan)," 18 Nov. 2019 Airbnb released a joint statement with Expedia Group opposing the legislation. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "Democrats want to scrap Arizona law protecting Airbnb and short-term rentals," 15 Nov. 2019 Leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus joined with other caucuses to issue a joint statement on the matter. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "Democrats Push For Stephen Miller’s Resignation After Solid Proof Of His White Nationalism Surfaces," 15 Nov. 2019 Post Consumer Brands and Hostess said in a joint press statement. oregonlive, "Twinkies breakfast cereal launches in December; the secret ingredient still isn’t embalming fluid," 14 Nov. 2019 Chris Curry, Todd Marix and Estee Ibáñez of JLL marketed the property on behalf of a joint venture between WillMax Multi-family Investors and Thackeray Partners and procured the buyer. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Real estate transactions: Apartment investors target Houston," 8 Nov. 2019 Even though Molson Coors acquired full ownership of the MillerCoors joint venture three years ago, jobs and power are being consolidated into Milwaukee, a Miller city, and Chicago. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Why did Molson Coors — a beer company that is one of Colorado’s most iconic brands — move its headquarters to Chicago?," 3 Nov. 2019 But the move will grow a workforce that has its roots in Miller Brewing Co. Miller Brewing was founded in Milwaukee in 1855, and formed the MillerCoors joint venture with Coors Brewing Co. in 2008. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "MillerCoors consolidation will bring an unspecified number of corporate jobs to Milwaukee office," 30 Oct. 2019 It was acquired by South African Breweries in 2002, before being merged with Coors Brewing Co. to form the MillerCoors joint venture in 2008. Tom Daykin, USA TODAY, "Brewing titan Molson Coors undergoes name change, looks to cut up to 500 jobs," 30 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The duo agreed to joint legal and physical custody of their daughters, with David maintaining health insurance coverage for the girls. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "RHOC: Shannon Beador Says She Wants Things with Ex-Husband David to Be 'Amicable' for Their Kids," 19 Nov. 2019 New decorations inside make the beloved southern fast food joint feel more like a sit-down restaurant. Anna Beahm | Abeahm@al.com, al, "Homewood Jack’s reopens with a new look," 9 Sep. 2019 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

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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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The first known use of joint was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

9 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Joint.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/out%20of%20joint. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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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