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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
joint /dʒɔɪnt/USA pronunciation
n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- the place at which two things or parts are joined.
- Anatomy, Zoologythe place where two bones or other elements of a skeleton meet, whether tightly or so as to permit free movement:the joint of the elbow.
- Fooda large piece of meat, usually with a bone:a joint of beef.
- Slang Terms[Slang.]a marijuana cigarette.
- a disreputable place of public entertainment:a strip joint.
- a dwelling or place of business:Let's go to his joint and see if he's been there.
adj. [before a noun]
- shared by or common to two or more:joint authorship.
- undertaken or produced by two or more in connection or in common:a joint effort.
out of joint:
- dislocated:knocked his shoulder out of joint.
joint•ly, adv.: worked jointly on the proposal.See -junc-.
- in an unfavorable or disordered state:The flood threw their lives out of joint.
( joint), n.
- 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;
- Buildinga connection between pieces of wood, metal, or the like, often reinforced with nails, screws, or glue.
- the movable or fixed place or part where two bones or elements of a skeleton join.
one of the large portions into which a section of meat is divided by a butcher, as the shoulder or leg, esp. as served at table.
Slang Terms[Slang.]a marijuana cigarette.
- 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, esp. 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, esp. of a plant, insect, etc., connected with another part by an articulation, node, or the like.
Botany[Bot.]the part of a stem from which a branch or leaf grows; node.
Geology[Geol.]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.
Mathematics[Math.]knot (def. 12).
Slang Termsthe joint, [Slang.]prison:He got out of the joint just before Christmas.
Slang Terms[Slang](vulgar). penis.
out of joint:
- a portion between two articulations, nodes, or the like.
- 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.
- shared by or common to two or more:a joint obligation.
- undertaken or produced by two or more in conjunction or in common:a joint reply; a joint effort.
- sharing or acting in common:joint members of a committee.
- joined or associated, as in relation, interest, or action:joint owners.
- Law[Law.]joined together in obligation or ownership:joint heirs.
- of or pertaining to both branches of a bicameral legislature.
- pertaining to or noting diplomatic action in which two or more governments are formally united.
- to unite by a joint or joints.
- to form or provide with a joint or joints.
- 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.
- to prepare (a board or the like) for fitting in a joint.
to file the teeth of (a saw) to uniform height.
[Masonry.]to finish (a mortar joint), as by striking.
- to true the bottom of (a wooden plane body) to allow even movement along the surface of the work.
- to fit together by or as if by joints:The cinder blocks jointed neatly.
15 . united, combined, collaborative.
1900–05 for def. 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
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
joint /dʒɔɪnt/ n
- a junction of two or more parts or objects
- the junction between two or more bones, usually formed of connective tissue and cartilage
- the point of connection between movable parts in invertebrates, esp insects and other arthropods
- the part of a plant stem from which a branch or leaf grows
- one of the parts into which a carcass of meat is cut by the butcher, esp for roasting
- a crack in a rock along which no displacement has occurred
- slang a disreputable establishment, such as a bar or nightclub
- often facetious a dwelling or meeting place
- slang a cannabis cigarette
- out of joint ⇒ dislocated
- out of order or disorganized
- shared by or belonging to two or more: joint property
- created by combined effort
- sharing with others or with one another: joint rulers
- to provide with or fasten by a joint or joints
- to plane the edge of (a board, etc) into the correct shape for a joint
- to cut or divide (meat, fowl, etc) into joints or at a joint
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