verb (used with object), ar·tic·u·lat·ed, ar·tic·u·lat·ing.
verb (used without object), ar·tic·u·lat·ed, ar·tic·u·lat·ing.
- articular muscle,
- articular muscle of elbow,
- articular muscle of knee,
- articular nerve,
- articulated joint,
- articulated lorry,
- articulated vehicle,
Origin of articulate
Examples from the Web for articulate
I am not the most financially literate person (I would be hard-pressed to articulate the term “junk bond”).
His correspondence, much of which survives, is that of an incisive and articulate observer.
I was looking for characters, originals, people who could articulate what they were doing in colorful ways.
My debate partner in Virginia was articulate, educated, likable, and familiar with a vast range of relevant scientific research.
Flooded by questions without words to articulate them, I connected images with explanations.‘Tracing the Blue Light’: Read Chapter 1 of Eileen Cronin’s ‘Mermaid’|Eileen Cronin|April 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was as the utterance of a baby child but just learning to articulate.The Gateless Barrier|Lucas Malet
Such testimony is irrefutable, and is to groups of peoples what articulate speech is to the individual in the zoological scale.Russia: Its People and Its Literature|Emilia Pardo Bazán
His anxiety had forced into speech thoughts that had never before been articulate.Dangerous Days|Mary Roberts Rinehart
We have articulate evidence of the denial of the two sacraments by the Docetic idealists of Asia Minor.Expositor's Bible: The Epistles of St. John|William Alexander
She made a little gasp and murmur, but no articulate words came.The Seaboard Parish Vol. 2|George MacDonald
Word Origin for articulate
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.