(in carpentry and joinery) a joint between two hinged pieces, as between the center and end leaves of a table, consisting of a quarter round and fillet fitting against a cove and fillet.
a pivoted joint between two strips of wood placed end to end, as in a carpenter's folding rule.
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Origin of rule joint
First recorded in 1775–85
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