- made clear or distinct: articulated sounds.
- having a joint or joints; jointed: an articulated appendage.
- (of a vehicle) built in sections that are hinged or otherwise connected so as to allow flexibility of movement: an articulated bus; an articulated locomotive.
Origin of articulated
- uttered clearly in distinct syllables.
- capable of speech; not speechless.
- using language easily and fluently; having facility with words: an articulate speaker.
- expressed, formulated, or presented with clarity and effectiveness: an articulate thought.
- made clear, distinct, and precise in relation to other parts: an articulate form; an articulate shape; an articulate area.
- (of ideas, form, etc.) having a meaningful relation to other parts: an articulate image.
- having parts or distinct areas organized into a coherent or meaningful whole; unified: an articulate system of philosophy.
- Zoology. having joints or articulations; composed of segments.
- to utter clearly and distinctly; pronounce with clarity.
- Phonetics. to make the movements and adjustments of the speech organs necessary to utter (a speech sound).
- to give clarity or distinction to: to articulate a shape; to articulate an idea.
- Dentistry. to position or reposition (teeth); subject to articulation.
- to unite by a joint or joints.
- to reveal or make distinct: an injection to articulate arteries so that obstructions can be observed by x-ray.
- to pronounce clearly each of a succession of speech sounds, syllables, or words; enunciate: to articulate with excessive precision.
- Phonetics. to articulate a speech sound.
- Anatomy, Zoology. to form a joint.
- Obsolete. to make terms of agreement.
- a segmented invertebrate.
Origin of articulate
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Examples from the Web for articulated
In the current crisis, Obama has articulated no overarching cause, no doctrine about defending freedom and democracy.Arab Kings vs. ISIS Barbarians
September 23, 2014
Often, conservative positions were articulated as being “wrong” by her professors.Bloomberg’s Surprising Harvard Commencement Address Attacks Campus Ideologues
June 3, 2014
Reading him, I see the world I know—or thought I knew—clarified and articulated.Can Great Literature Really Change Your Life?
January 5, 2014
There are numerous reasons to do so, not least the moral aspect Christie articulated at the Latino Leadership Alliance gala.Christie’s Immigration Catch-22: Help Immigrants or Win GOP Primaries
November 19, 2013
They have not been articulated, let alone strongly advocated, by Democrats recently, including the president.Goodbye, Blue: A Post-Obama Democratic Doctrine
Doug Schoen, Jessica Tarlov
November 15, 2013
He articulated with some difficulty, slurring his words to the point of indistinctness at times.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
Radicle or Radicula: that joint of the antenna that is articulated to the head.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
Requests are articulated in voice command: "I would like to know ."The Civilization of Illiteracy
"You don't understand—you are quite in error," he articulated.A Black Adonis
Linn Boyd Porter
And they articulated some trivial cadences about love and such.Strictly Business
- able to express oneself fluently and coherentlyan articulate lecturer
- having the power of speech
- distinct, clear, or definite; well-constructedan articulate voice; an articulate document
- zoology (of arthropods and higher vertebrates) possessing joints or jointed segments
- to speak or enunciate (words, syllables, etc) clearly and distinctly
- (tr) to express coherently in words
- (intr) zoology to be jointed or form a joint
- (tr) to separate into jointed segments
Word Origin and History for articulated
"jointed," 1610s, past participle adjective from articulate (v.). Meaning "made distinct" is from 1855.
1590s, "to divide speech into distinct parts" (earlier "to formally bring charges against," 1550s), from Latin articulatus, past participle of articulare "to separate into joints," also "to utter distinctly," from articulus "joint" (see article). Generalized sense of "express in words" is from 1690s. Literal sense, "to join, to attach by joints," is attested from 1610s. Earlier senses, "to set forth in articles," "to bring a charge against" (1560s) now are obsolete or nearly so. Related: Articulated; articulating.
1580s in the speech sense (1570s as "formulated in articles"), from Latin articulatus (see articulate (v.)). Literal meaning "composed of segments united by joints" is from c.1600; the general sense of "speaking accurately" is short for articulate-speaking (1829). Related: Articulately.
- Characterized by or having articulations; jointed.
- Capable of speaking distinctly and connectedly.
- Consisting of sections united by joints; jointed.
- To speak distinctly and connectedly.
- To join or connect together loosely to allow motion between the parts.
- To unite by forming a joint or joints.
- To form a joint; be jointed.