[ ahr-tik-yuh-ley-tid ]
/ ɑrˈtɪk yəˌleɪ tɪd /


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.

Nearby words

  1. articular muscle of elbow,
  2. articular muscle of knee,
  3. articular nerve,
  4. articularly,
  5. articulate,
  6. articulated joint,
  7. articulated lorry,
  8. articulated vehicle,
  9. articulatio,
  10. articulation

Origin of articulated

First recorded in 1545–55; articulate + -ed2

Related formsmul·ti·ar·tic·u·lat·ed, adjectiveun·ar·tic·u·lat·ed, adjectivewell-ar·tic·u·lat·ed, adjective

Origin of articulate

First recorded in 1545–55, articulate is from the Latin word articulātus, past participle of articulāre to divide into distinct parts. See article, -ate1

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for articulated


adjective (ɑːˈtɪkjʊlɪt)

verb (ɑːˈtɪkjʊˌleɪt)

Derived Formsarticulately, adverbarticulateness or articulacy, noun

Word Origin for articulate

C16: from Latin articulāre to divide into joints; see article

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Word Origin and History for articulated
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Medicine definitions for articulated


[ är-tĭkyə-lā-tĭd ]


Characterized by or having articulations; jointed.


[ är-tĭkyə-lĭt ]


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.

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