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[ joint ]


  1. the place at which two things, or separate parts of one thing, are joined or united, either rigidly or in such a way as to permit motion; juncture.
  2. a connection between pieces of wood, metal, or the like, often reinforced with nails, screws, or glue.
  3. Anatomy, Zoology.
    1. the movable or fixed place or part where two bones or elements of a skeleton join.
    2. the form or structure of such a part, as a ball-and-socket, hinge, pivot, etc.
  4. Chiefly British. one of the large portions into which a section of meat is divided by a butcher, as the shoulder or leg, especially as served at a dining table.
  5. Slang. Also called jay 2. a marijuana cigarette.
  6. Slang.
    1. a dirty, cheap, or disreputable place of public accommodation or entertainment, especially a restaurant or nightclub.
    2. a place or establishment, as a hotel, restaurant, etc.:

      We stayed in a very classy joint near the ocean.

  7. Biology.
    1. a part, especially of a plant, insect, etc., connected with another part by an articulation, node, or the like.
    2. a portion between two articulations, nodes, or the like.
  8. Botany. the part of a stem from which a branch or leaf grows; node.
  9. Geology. a fracture plane in rocks, generally at right angles to the bedding of sedimentary rocks and variously oriented in igneous and metamorphic rocks, commonly arranged in two or more sets of parallel intersecting systems.
  10. Mathematics. knot 1( def 12 ).
  11. the joint, Slang. prison:

    He got out of the joint just before Christmas.

  12. Slang: Vulgar. penis.


  1. shared by or common to two or more:

    a joint obligation.

  2. undertaken or produced by two or more in conjunction or in common:

    a joint reply; a joint effort.

    Synonyms: collaborative, combined, united

  3. sharing or acting in common:

    joint members of a committee.

  4. joined or associated, as in relation, interest, or action:

    joint owners.

  5. Law. joined together in obligation or ownership:

    joint heirs.

  6. of or relating to both branches of a bicameral legislature.
  7. pertaining to or noting diplomatic action in which two or more governments are formally united.

verb (used with object)

  1. to unite by a joint or joints.
  2. to form or provide with a joint or joints.
  3. to cut (a fowl, piece of meat, etc.) at the joint; divide at a joint; separate into pieces at the joints:

    to joint a chicken.

  4. Carpentry.
    1. to prepare (a board or the like) for fitting in a joint.
    2. to true the bottom of (a wooden plane body) to allow even movement along the surface of the work.
  5. to file the teeth of (a saw) to uniform height.
  6. Masonry. to finish (a mortar joint), as by striking.

verb (used without object)

  1. to fit together by or as if by joints:

    The cinder blocks jointed neatly.


/ dʒɔɪnt /


  1. a junction of two or more parts or objects
  2. the part or space between two such junctions
  3. anatomy the junction between two or more bones, usually formed of connective tissue and cartilage
  4. the point of connection between movable parts in invertebrates, esp insects and other arthropods articular
  5. the part of a plant stem from which a branch or leaf grows
  6. one of the parts into which a carcass of meat is cut by the butcher, esp for roasting
  7. geology a crack in a rock along which no displacement has occurred
  8. slang.
    1. a disreputable establishment, such as a bar or nightclub
    2. a dwelling or meeting place
  9. slang.
    a cannabis cigarette
  10. out of joint
    1. dislocated
    2. out of order or disorganized
  11. put someone's nose out of joint
    See nose


  1. shared by or belonging to two or more

    joint property

  2. created by combined effort
  3. sharing with others or with one another

    joint rulers

  4. law (of persons) combined in ownership or obligation; regarded as a single entity in law


  1. to provide with or fasten by a joint or joints
  2. to plane the edge of (a board, etc) into the correct shape for a joint
  3. to cut or divide (meat, fowl, etc) into joints or at a joint


/ joint /

  1. Anatomy.
    A usually movable body part in which adjacent bones are joined by ligaments and other fibrous tissues.
  2. Anatomy.
  3. Zoology.
    A point in the exoskeleton of an invertebrate at which movable parts join, as along the leg of an arthropod.
  4. Botany.
    A point on a plant stem from which a leaf or branch grows.

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Derived Forms

  • ˈjointly, adverb

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Other Words From

  • subjoint noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of joint1

1250–1300; 1900–05 joint fordef 6; Middle English < Old French joint, jointe < Latin junctum, juncta, neuter and feminine of junctus (past participle of jungere “to join”), equivalent to jung- join + -tus past participle suffix

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Idioms and Phrases

  1. out of joint,
    1. dislocated, as a bone.
    2. in an unfavorable state; inauspicious:

      The time is out of joint.

    3. out of keeping; inappropriate:

      Such behavior seems wholly out of joint with their fine upbringing.

More idioms and phrases containing joint

see nose out of joint ; out of joint .

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Example Sentences

In a joint statement, the district and San Diego Education Association wrote that they would continue to follow science and take precautions.

Last summer the UK and Australian data protection watchdogs announced a joint investigation into Clearview’s personal data handling practices.

Leaders in the District, Maryland and Virginia made a joint request to the federal government this week, asking that it take responsibility for vaccinating tens of thousands of essential federal workers who live in the Washington region.

Most recently, he separated the AC joint in his left shoulder on a dive for the pylon for a rushing touchdown in the first-round playoff game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The joint card will serve as the way that couples can spend from the same account.

I went to his joint once, back when I was first hanging out in New York, doing plays.

On the northern side of the Joint Security Area between North and South Korea, there is a village called Kijong-dong (기정동).

You get vaccinated in the arm, you shouldn't have inflammation in the joint.

“We are proud of the work we have done for our country,” Mitchell and Jessen have said in a joint statement.

This past May, NBC News and The Wall Street Journal conducted a joint poll on body art.

While his mother was cleaning the fish, Alila made a fire and cut the bamboos at every joint.

The statutes usually prescribe how notice of the joint meeting shall be given.

And on this night they produced the finished product of their joint work for the last several weeks.

Nor can one of two joint inventors make application and secure the patent on assignment from the other; both must join.

An Act was passed which gave to a joint stock company an absolute monopoly of lustrings for a term of fourteen years.


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