- the movable or fixed place or part where two bones or elements of a skeleton join.
- the form or structure of such a part, as a ball-and-socket, hinge, pivot, etc.
- a dirty, cheap, or disreputable place of public accommodation or entertainment, especially a restaurant or nightclub.
- a place or establishment, as a hotel, restaurant, etc.: We stayed in a very classy joint near the ocean.
- a part, especially of a plant, insect, etc., connected with another part by an articulation, node, or the like.
- a portion between two articulations, nodes, or the like.
verb (used with object)
- to prepare (a board or the like) for fitting in a joint.
- to true the bottom of (a wooden plane body) to allow even movement along the surface of the work.
verb (used without object)
- dislocated, as a bone.
- in an unfavorable state; inauspicious: The time is out of joint.
- out of keeping; inappropriate: Such behavior seems wholly out of joint with their fine upbringing.
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Contemporary Examples of joint
I went to his joint once, back when I was first hanging out in New York, doing plays.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
On the northern side of the Joint Security Area between North and South Korea, there is a village called Kijong-dong (기정동).Propaganda, Protest, and Poisonous Vipers: The Cinema War in Korea
December 30, 2014
You get vaccinated in the arm, you shouldn't have inflammation in the joint.Uh Oh: Ebola Vaccine Trials Stop
December 19, 2014
“We are proud of the work we have done for our country,” Mitchell and Jessen have said in a joint statement.The Luxury Homes That Torture and Your Tax Dollars Built
December 12, 2014
This past May, NBC News and The Wall Street Journal conducted a joint poll on body art.Masters of Alt Sex: SuicideGirls Hits Puberty and Wants to Invade Your TV Set
December 9, 2014
Historical Examples of joint
The joint is jagged in lamb, but smooth and round in mutton.
Then cut it off where the ends of the bones are attached to the joint.
The joint of the 20-foot pieces should be directly in the center of the 10-foot piece.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
A warehouse of facts, with poet and liar in joint ownership.The Devil's Dictionary
The imbecile baron then got out; his shoulder was out of joint.My Double Life
- a disreputable establishment, such as a bar or nightclub
- often facetiousa dwelling or meeting place
- out of order or disorganized
late 13c., "a part of a body where two bones meet and move in contact with one another," from Old French joint "joint of the body" (12c.), from Latin iunctus "united, connected, associated," past participle of iungere "join" (see jugular). Related: Joints. Slang meaning of "place, building, establishment" (especially one where persons meet for shady activities) first recorded 1877, American English, from an earlier Anglo-Irish sense (1821), perhaps on the notion of a side-room, one "joined" to a main room. The original U.S. sense was especially of "an opium-smoking den."
Meaning "marijuana cigarette" (1938) is perhaps from notion of something often smoked in common, but there are other possibilities; earlier joint in drug slang meant "hypodermic outfit" (1935). Meaning "prison" is attested from 1953 but probably is older. Out of joint in the figurative sense is from early 15c. (literally, of bone displacement, late 14c.).
early 15c., "united," from Old French jointiz (adj.) and joint, literally "joined," past participle of joindre (see join (v.)).
see nose out of joint; out of joint.