Meaning of JOINT in English


I. ˈjȯint noun

Etymology: Middle English jointe, from Anglo-French, from joindre

Date: 13th century



(1) : the point of contact between elements of an animal skeleton with the parts that surround and support it

(2) : node 5b

b. : a part or space included between two articulations, knots, or nodes

c. : a large piece of meat for roasting


a. : a place where two things or parts are joined

b. : a space between the adjacent surfaces of two bodies joined and held together (as by cement or mortar)

c. : a fracture or crack in rock not accompanied by dislocation

d. : the flexing part of a cover along either spine edge of a book

e. : the junction of two or more members of a framed structure

f. : a union formed by two abutting rails in a track including the elements (as bars and bolts) necessary to hold the abutting rails together

g. : an area at which two ends, surfaces, or edges are attached


a. : a shabby or disreputable place of entertainment

b. : place , establishment

c. slang : prison 2

4. : a marijuana cigarette

• joint·ed ˈjȯin-təd adjective

• joint·ed·ly adverb

• joint·ed·ness noun

- out of joint

II. adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from past participle of joindre

Date: 14th century

1. : united , combined

the joint influences of culture and climate

2. : common to two or more: as


(1) : involving the united activity of two or more

a joint effort

(2) : constituting an activity, operation, or organization in which elements of more than one armed service participate

joint maneuvers

(3) : constituting an action or expression of two or more governments

joint peace talks

b. : shared by or affecting two or more

a joint fine

3. : united, joined, or sharing with another (as in a right or status)

joint heirs

4. : being a function of or involving two or more variables and especially random variables

• joint·ly adverb

III. verb

Etymology: joint (I)

Date: 1530

transitive verb

1. : to separate the joints of (as meat)


a. : to unite by a joint : fit together

b. : to provide with a joint : articulate

c. : to prepare (as a board) for joining by planing the edge

intransitive verb

1. : to fit as if by joints

the stones joint neatly

2. : to form joints as a stage in growth — used especially of small grains

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.