Joint



[joint] /dʒɔɪnt/

noun
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.

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. a marijuana cigarette.
6.
Slang.

7.
Biology.

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. 1 (def 12).
11.
the joint, Slang. prison:
He got out of the joint just before Christmas.
12.
Slang: Vulgar. .
adjective
13.
shared by or common to two or more:
a joint obligation.
14.
undertaken or produced by two or more in conjunction or in common:
a joint reply; a joint effort.
15.
sharing or acting in common:
joint members of a committee.
16.
joined or associated, as in relation, interest, or action:
joint owners.
17.
Law. joined together in obligation or ownership:
joint heirs.
18.
of or relating to both branches of a bicameral legislature.
19.
pertaining to or noting diplomatic action in which two or more governments are formally united.
verb (used with object)
20.
to unite by a joint or joints.
21.
to form or provide with a joint or joints.
22.
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.
23.
Carpentry.

24.
to file the teeth of (a saw) to uniform height.
25.
Masonry. to finish (a mortar joint), as by striking.
verb (used without object)
26.
to fit together by or as if by joints:
The cinder blocks jointed neatly.
Idioms
27.
out of joint,

/dʒɔɪnt/
noun
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 related adjective 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)

9.
(slang) a cannabis cigarette
10.
out of joint

11.
put someone’s nose out of joint, See nose (sense 18)
adjective
12.
shared by or belonging to two or more: joint property
13.
created by combined effort
14.
sharing with others or with one another: joint rulers
15.
(law) (of persons) combined in ownership or obligation; regarded as a single entity in law
verb (transitive)
16.
to provide with or fasten by a joint or joints
17.
to plane the edge of (a board, etc) into the correct shape for a joint
18.
to cut or divide (meat, fowl, etc) into joints or at a joint
n.

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.).
adj.

early 15c., “united,” from Old French jointiz (adj.) and joint, literally “joined,” past participle of joindre (see join (v.)).

joint (joint)
n.
A point of articulation between two or more bones, especially such a connection that allows motion.
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[place senses fr early 1800s Anglo-Irish joint, ”low resort,” perhaps from its being a nearby, joined room rather than a main room]
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