[ ahr-tik-yuh-ley-ter ]
/ ɑrˈtɪk yəˌleɪ tər /


a person or thing that articulates.
Phonetics. a movable organ, as the tongue, lips, or uvula, the action of which is involved in the production of speech sounds.Compare place of articulation.
Dentistry. a mechanical device, representing the jaws, to which casts may be attached: used in the making of dentures.

Nearby words

  1. articulated joint,
  2. articulated lorry,
  3. articulated vehicle,
  4. articulatio,
  5. articulation,
  6. articulatory feature,
  7. articulatory loop,
  8. articulatory phonetics,
  9. artie,
  10. artifact

Origin of articulator

First recorded in 1770–80; articulate + -or2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for articulator


/ (ɑːˈtɪkjʊˌleɪtə) /


a person or thing that articulates
phonetics any vocal organ that takes part in the production of a speech sound. Such organs are of two types: those that can move, such as the tongue, lips, etc (active articulators), and those that remain fixed, such as the teeth, the hard palate, etc (passive articulators)
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Medicine definitions for articulator


[ är-tĭkyə-lā′tər ]


A mechanical device representing the temporomandibular joints and the jaw bones, used in dentistry to obtain proper articulation of artificial teeth.

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