Definition of joint in English:

joint

noun

  • 1A point at which parts of an artificial structure are joined.

    • ‘The thickness of perpend and bed joints varies considerably, and perpend joints do not line up.’
    • ‘The joint between the door frame and the exterior and interior walls can be as much as an eighth of an inch gap.’
    • ‘Or, you can seal the joint with duct tape placed lengthwise all along the seams and end joints.’
    • ‘Look for loose joints or other structural problems with the system, and repair them as needed using pop rivets.’
    • ‘For any other grout joints with other types of tiles we would use a sanded grout which holds up better when the grout lines are wider.’
    • ‘The counter flashing, which overlaps the base flashing, is imbedded and sealed in the chimney's masonry joints.’
    • ‘The most effective joints for moisture resistance are concave, v-shaped, and weathered joints.’
    • ‘Builders are often sloppy with the mortar joints between bricks when they know they will be hidden behind plaster.’
    • ‘After old caulk is removed, new caulk can then be applied to all joints in the window frame and the joint between the frame and the wall.’
    • ‘He noted that the mortar joint between the top of the brick and the underside of the plate was solid.’
    • ‘If the color isn't acceptable, we'd suggest you seal just the joints using a foam paintbrush to apply the material.’
    • ‘For outdoor use, most manufacturers recommend that the joints be sealed with a non-acidic silicone glue.’
    • ‘Then run the round part of your hammer handle or screwdriver shank tightly up the joint to seal any gap that may be left.’
    • ‘Tape the joints with drywall tape and finish the patch with joint compound.’
    • ‘The mortar joints between the bricks also have their own color and texture.’
    • ‘The door is made with simple but strong half-lap joints, using just a few basic hand tools and a circular saw.’
    • ‘Set the tiles using plastic spacers to maintain desired grout joints.’
    • ‘Seal joints between the wall and your new tub with silicone caulk as protection against water seepage.’
    • ‘Splits are also common at joints within the expansion joint cover itself.’
    • ‘The new content includes masonry anchors, control joints and roof copings.’
    join, junction, juncture, intersection, link, linkage, connection, nexus
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    1. 1.1Geology A break or fracture in a mass of rock, with no relative displacement of the parts.
      • ‘Another fracture system consists of relief-related joints.’
      • ‘Fluorite-quartz intergrowths fill veins that follow high-angle en echelon joints and minor faults in granite.’
      • ‘Some of these master joints continue over the surface for hundreds of metres.’
      • ‘Subsurface evidence from drilling shows that these folds were fractured intensively by small-scale faults and closely spaced joints.’
      • ‘Where the original rock had been Grade II or better, this had resulted in the rock being fractured and in joints being opened.’
    2. 1.2 A piece of flexible material forming the hinge of a book cover.
  • 2A structure in the human or animal body at which two parts of the skeleton are fitted together.

    • ‘The shoulder is a ball and socket joint and the most mobile joint in the human body.’
    • ‘You may feel very hot and have painful inflamed joints.’
    • ‘First of all, because the body produces higher levels of hormones, the connective tissues around the joints soften.’
    • ‘The soft tissue structures around the joint play a vital role in the stability of the shoulder.’
    • ‘The ligaments are tissues that connect the bones at the joints.’
    • ‘Like those of the shoulder, hip and knee joint replacement rates are only increasing.’
    • ‘She presented with a history of a painful right ankle joint since childhood with no history of injury.’
    • ‘Her right leg is wasted and her knee joint is swollen, shiny and huge in comparison to the other.’
    • ‘Our results showed that beginners were characterized by strong couplings between the joints of the lower limbs.’
    • ‘The most freely moving joints are the synovial joints.’
    • ‘His elbow and shoulder joints ache, but he still labors through the workouts.’
    • ‘The exercise will move stiff shoulder joints and stretch muscles in the waist.’
    • ‘The symphysis pubis is the joint that connects the two coxal bones at this area.’
    • ‘Pathogenic cold may also cause a common cold with symptoms of sore aching joints and headache.’
    • ‘An artificial hip joint consists of three parts, the ball, the bearing and the cup.’
    • ‘To help his recovery, Johnson had injections in December to lubricate the joint.’
    • ‘Cortisone remarkably relieved inflamed, swollen joints after just a few days of use.’
    • ‘Tantalum is used for sutures, and steel in artificial hip joints.’
    • ‘In addition to being held together by ligaments, synovial joints are also stabilized by the muscles around the joints.’
    • ‘Then follow with some easy stretching to warm the joints, muscles and connective tissue.’
    articulation
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    1. 2.1 Each of the distinct sections of a body or limb between the places at which they are connected.
      ‘the top two joints of his index finger’
      • ‘Cut at an angle to create shapes the length of the first joint of your index finger.’
      • ‘You want to be able to get the distal joint of your trigger finger onto the trigger.’
    2. 2.2British A large piece of meat cooked whole or ready for cooking.
      ‘a joint of ham’
      • ‘These included not only the normal range of meat joints and poultry, but also whole cattle and sheep.’
      • ‘Large meat joints or whole poultry need special care.’
      • ‘Half-past one on the dot, after my dad had returned from the pub, the joint of meat would be ceremoniously carved.’
      • ‘The key to successful spit-roasting is to keep the coals at an even temperature, placing more coals, little and often, until the joint is cooked.’
      • ‘For me, an ideal meal would be a joint of lamb cooked in the Aga at home, with plenty of fresh vegetables from my garden.’
      • ‘Large pieces of tuna may be braised like joints of meat.’
      • ‘A few minutes earlier I had placed a basketball-sized joint of beef in the fork of a tree five feet off the ground.’
      • ‘And since the joint of meat was large enough to feed a family several times over, there was almost a routine to the week's menus.’
      • ‘Deglaze with the sherry vinegar and cook until reduced by half, then return the pork joint to the pan.’
      • ‘Lukoszevieze brandishes a meat cleaver and brings it down on a substantial joint of meat.’
      • ‘If you have ever hacked into a joint of meat you will know it is difficult to cut through bone.’
      • ‘It's Christmas, the joint of beef is on trial, and you are about to make the best gravy of your life.’
      • ‘And then I plainly saw, both with wonder and delight that the joint of meat did, in some places, shine like rotten wood or stinking fish.’
      • ‘Meat pies, joints of mutton, and other hearty foods are most likely to be served.’
      • ‘The Italians had a great idea when they hit upon the idea of cooking joints of meat and pasta in the same pot.’
      • ‘West Country lambs are particularly large, and the joint is packed with meat all the way to the top of the chop.’
      • ‘She would get a huge joint of beef or lamb for about two shillings and they would put 2lb of sausages in for free.’
      • ‘Turn the meat and cook until the joint is evenly browned and crusted all over.’
      • ‘Jane was in the kitchen cooking a joint of beef ready for when Daddy got home.’
      • ‘Large stew pans, shown full of joints of meat, had straight sides and flat bases.’
    3. 2.3 The part of a stem of a plant from which a leaf or branch grows.
      • ‘The underground and aboveground stems send out roots from each joint.’
      • ‘Like all grasses, sugar cane has a jointed stem, and its leaves and branches come from the shoots at each joint.’
      • ‘Using a sharp, clean knife or clippers, cut the tip of a side shoot that has at least three leaf joints.’
      • ‘After flowering, if there are no ornamental seed heads, the flowering stems may be cut back to a leaf joint to remove the faded flowers.’
      • ‘Take plenty to allow for any failures and trim each one just below a leaf joint so the cutting is about 10 cm long.’
      • ‘Helxine soleirolii (mind-your-own-business) looks like a fragile weed but it spreads by rooting at the leaf joints.’
      • ‘First remove several stems about the thickness of a pencil from the shrub and trim them to a length of around 30 cm just below a leaf joint.’
      • ‘Trim the cutting just below a leaf joint and dip the end in rooting hormone powder or liquid.’
      • ‘Make a cut below a leaf joint and dip the cutting in hormone rooting powder before inserting it into an open peat-free compost and perlite mix.’
      • ‘Cut back a few inches to within 1/8 inch of a leaf joint.’
      • ‘Always make the base cut of your cutting below a node or leaf joint.’
    4. 2.4 A section of a plant stem between two joints; an internode.
      • ‘It acts perpendicular to the cross section of the joint.’
      • ‘For this study as with previous studies, stem joints were defined as the smallest diameter region between two successive stem segments.’
      • ‘Prune last year's growth back to two or three joints or buds from the base.’
      • ‘Sometimes your older, established plants will have roots already growing from the segment joints.’
  • 3informal An establishment of a specified kind, especially one where people meet for eating, drinking, or entertainment.

    ‘a burger joint’
    • ‘They plant the seed of a revolutionary idea for the hamburger joint - a drive-through window like those found in banks.’
    • ‘As the number of entertainment joints in the resort has skyrocketed in the last three years, punters are increasingly choosy.’
    • ‘Harpo learns how to live alone, and builds a juke joint in their old home.’
    • ‘Bloggers are blessedly uninfected by the musty Establishmentarian Air that permeates joints like Elaine's.’
    • ‘For proof, check out the entertainment joints springing up across the city.’
    • ‘One of the stores was a burger joint based on Al, the big-nosed restaurateur of ‘Happy Days’ fame.’
    • ‘Outlaws is a big club hidden behind mattress warehouses and burger joints.’
    • ‘In the wild, snakes are as ubiquitous as fast-food joints in a city.’
    • ‘It's funky, she says, and not a theme park or a burger joint, and the food is good.’
    • ‘But such attention to detail seemed to clash with a laminated menu, which made me think of tacky burger joints and sad little cafes.’
    • ‘How can I insist she keep working at burger joints and fund-raiser telethons?’
    • ‘We all decided to go to another burger joint in town.’
    • ‘One of the most mouth-watering of their creations is the oily chili sauce that covers the joint's bite-sized dumplings.’
    • ‘The pub city has taken a hit with the 11.30 pm deadline imposed by the Police Department on entertainment joints.’
    • ‘The warm couple who run the joint reserves a section for celebrity habitués, although these are nowadays outnumbered by the varieties of soup.’
    • ‘Bars and juke joints have given way to day-care centers and fast-food joints.’
    • ‘Enjoy lunch from the best fast-food joint in town - your kitchen!’
    • ‘The furniture is composed of pink and blue plastic, the sort of material only found in fast food joints.’
    • ‘Besides, familiar faces from the silver screen and even the small screen, there will be a lot of glitterati at these burger joints.’
    • ‘Swing originated in the juke joints and rent parties of Kansas City, Chicago and Harlem.’
    establishment, restaurant, bar, club, nightclub
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    1. 3.1the jointNorth American Prison.
      • ‘And unlike the joint in Indy where boxing was a no-no, the jail in Cali specializes in fights between hardened criminals.’
      • ‘The world is out of joint, so why bother plastering?’
      • ‘Such is life in the big house, the joint, or the pokey.’
      • ‘Mr. X's drawing of the joint was not so much useless as directed at a different objective.’
  • 4informal A marijuana cigarette.

    ‘he rolled a joint’
    • ‘He made a good deal of money turning the plants into joints, and selling them to the local teenagers.’
    • ‘Here a man was sent to jail for possessing enough cannabis to make 2 joints.’
    • ‘Anyone caught carrying up to 500 cannabis joints is likely to escape trafficking charges under Home Office proposals published yesterday.’
    • ‘With that she rips a piece off the page and uses it for her joint.’
    • ‘Many of the anti-dope medical trials have been totally flawed because they focused on people smoking cannabis joints containing tobacco.’
    • ‘Nick had been silently moving around the room, gathering cigarettes and joints.’
    • ‘But Njoh was spotted smoking a cannabis joint at the carnival and was stopped and searched by police.’
    • ‘They think they can walk around town smoking a joint and nothing will happen.’
    • ‘I felt the best thing to do would be to learn to roll joints, and buy my own cannabis.’
    • ‘Last November, Ming sent cannabis joints to Dáil politicians through the post.’
    • ‘But smoking a cannabis joint is not the same as smoking a normal cigarette.’
    • ‘He didn't normally smoke cigarettes, only joints, but this was not a normal moment, so he took one.’
    • ‘They have also stated that cannabis is in fact less addictive, and less carcinogenic than the tobacco used to roll the joints.’
    • ‘Benjamin said that they drove in Chris' car to Savernake Forest where between them they had smoked two or three cannabis joints.’
    • ‘Every day after school, she'd smoke a joint of marijuana and then proceeded to prank call my house.’
    • ‘He admitted being ‘stoned’ after smoking two or three joints of cannabis, which he claimed affected his judgment.’
    • ‘Dr Corrigan said the crucial factor was the combination of cannabis and tobacco in joints resulting in ‘the worst of both worlds’.’
    • ‘Blue rolls another joint and the air grows sweeter.’
    • ‘I have smoked some joints, of course, especially during my crisis period.’
    • ‘She pulled a joint out of her cigarette box and looked around to make sure nobody was watching.’
    cannabis cigarette, marijuana cigarette
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  • 5US informal A piece of creative work, especially a musical recording.

    ‘listen to one of his joints nowadays and you don't even need to see the production credit’

adjective

  • 1[attributive] Shared, held, or made by two or more people, parties, or organizations together.

    ‘the companies issued a joint statement’
    ‘a joint session of Congress’
    • ‘The Memorandum contemplated joint custody with Evan having his primary residence with Ms Howey.’
    • ‘When the house is in joint ownership, a will can ensure that the surviving spouse will inherit only a right of occupancy.’
    • ‘When joint custody works well, a child has a sense of balance and unity.’
    • ‘In a joint statement, they described his action as a " betrayal".’
    • ‘Mr. Ladisa seeks an order for joint custody of all three of his children.’
    • ‘Profits from the new joint venture will be shared by ADM and Farmland.’
    • ‘That bank building will house a branch as well as joint headquarters functions.’
    • ‘The joint statement specifically named Taiwan as a mutual security concern for the first time.’
    • ‘Legal title to the property was taken by the parties as joint tenants.’
    • ‘There was a joint satellite session each day with speakers, panelists, question-and-answer sessions, and workshops in each city.’
    • ‘The work was done on the property for the benefit of the two owners as joint tenants.’
    • ‘The Polish Government came to the rescue through a joint shipping company to transport materials China needed.’
    • ‘We have managed to reconcile all of our major disagreements, and we present this as a truly joint text.’
    • ‘However, the new joint agreement with Fujitsu covering the development of future Solaris servers really grabs the attention.’
    • ‘The trio's new joint venture intends to bid for other inter-city rail franchises in Britain.’
    • ‘A couple wanting to buy the same house would need a joint income of more than £60,000.’
    • ‘Make joint custody a reality instead of a meaningless scrap of paper.’
    • ‘Onward movement is accomplished when joint forces leave the staging area and move to assigned areas of operation.’
    • ‘A joint communique is also expected to be signed.’
    • ‘For example, if a husband and wife have an estate worth £500,000, they could take a joint share in their house and divide their investments.’
    common, shared, communal, collective, corporate
    mutual, reciprocal
    cooperative, collaborative, concerted, joined, combined, allied, united
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    1. 1.1 Sharing in a position, achievement, or activity.
      ‘a joint winner’
      • ‘It has Sweden and Greece in joint favourites position, at 7-1, followed by Doran at 8-1.’
      • ‘Marie is bringing her accounting skills to help the finance management of the club and takes up the position of joint treasurer.’
      • ‘Perhaps we were still a bit dehydrated but nothing could take away the feeling of euphoria we had at our joint achievement.’
      • ‘Drafters of the roadmap also hope to encourage collaboration by funding more joint research.’
      • ‘They spent time at each other's houses and went on joint holidays.’
      • ‘Once it has been established that the local infrastructures of two cities support joint activities and projects, the hard work starts.’
      • ‘U.S. military activities include joint exercises, training, and active arms sales to rich Arab Gulf states.’
      • ‘However, opportunities for more formalized joint sessions on a regular basis might be explored.’
      • ‘The pension companies will come up with a joint position on their participation in the pension reform.’
      • ‘He cannot therefore be liable as a joint tortfeasor with the company.’
      • ‘The weak points of each school become apparent when joint practices are held.’
      • ‘The award is a joint achievement by everyone at the site and I'm tremendously proud of every single employee.’
      • ‘Three years later, he became joint managing director with finance director Tom Jenkinson.’
      • ‘I support joint activities with our ally when it is proper or expedient to do so (and especially when it is both proper and expedient).’
      • ‘Another objective of the report is securing greater and continued support from the trade for joint tourism development activity.’
      • ‘The pool itself will be linked to the activity zone with a joint reception.’
      • ‘Most of the joint task force positions will earn joint-duty credit depending on actual length of rotation, officials said.’
      • ‘A large centre in the same city co-ordinates joint business activities.’
      • ‘The memorandum said that maximising the benefits of joint activities in the areas of investment and re-equipment would be a key focus for both.’
      • ‘They say the two governments have agreed a joint position, bar a spot of fine-tuning on key issues like policing, and this in itself is a major achievement.’
    2. 1.2Law Applied or regarded together.
      Often contrasted with several
      • ‘The history of this is in fact set out in the joint judgment of Justices Gummow and Hayne in Angas Law Services.’
      • ‘In a joint statement the couple described their break-up as " a very tough decision".’
      • ‘In any event, the RVP samples tested by Mr Cooper are properly to be regarded as the joint property of AIC and Mobil.’
      • ‘In a joint statement both parties said that their High Court dispute had been " settled amicably".’
      • ‘Joint tenancy is joint ownership and possession of the same property.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Provide or fasten (something) with joints.

    ‘jointed lever arms’
    • ‘The one bit I didn't enjoy was the double jointed contortionist, who actually dislocated his shoulder and elbow on stage.’
    • ‘Alicia exclaimed, ‘Do you think that we're double jointed!’’
    • ‘The hide will have to be jointed, preferably under the hand grip.’
    • ‘Made of 2in-thick slabs of precisely jointed oak, it spirals up, entirely self-supporting, without even a central pillar.’
    • ‘Nitrogen should be applied by April 15 or before jointing.’
    • ‘Most common rules were available in either boxwood or ivory and were jointed and trimmed with either brass or German silver.’
    • ‘The industry defines collectible teddy bears as hard, not floppy, and fully jointed (meaning arms, legs, and head are moveable).’
    • ‘The students rev faster as we thump across the unevenly jointed highway.’
    • ‘Other dolls, Lily and Jane, made in Germany, had jointed arms and legs, eyelashes, eyes that opened and shut and real hair.’
    • ‘Traditional timber buildings in Bhutan are jointed together using no steel fasteners.’
    1. 1.1 Fill up the joints of (masonry or brickwork) with mortar; point.
      • ‘At the precipice of the roof, a stairwell circled its way to the bottom floor, where it jointed itself to a room that was probably once a bar.’
      • ‘However, the gill arches seem to be jointed and they appear to be closely related to paired fin-folds on the anaspid model.’
      • ‘All parking lots must be jointed, with the joint spacing depending on the pavement thickness.’
      • ‘Possible tell-tale signs in this connection is any evidence of algae staining/open jointed brickwork to the rear, adjacent to such fixed pipes.’
      • ‘The second seems to have a similar simple verticality when seen through the portal, but within the room shows itself to be jointed and angled.’
      • ‘The walls are columnar jointed and aphanitic, and internally the massive core is texturally zoned.’
      • ‘Tightly jointed stonework complements the house's crisp lines and ties it to the site, part of a former farm.’
    2. 1.2 Prepare (a board) for being joined to another by planing its edge.
      • ‘As I set about planing, jointing, gluing and sanding the pieces, I also began a creative argument with the wood.’
      • ‘Self-bows are those which are made fully of wood, either a single stave, or a pair of shorter staves, usually jointed at the handle, giving a single length.’
      • ‘You can use a router to cut mortises for hardware, to joint and trim lumber, to create recesses for decorative inlays, and much more.’
      • ‘The timbers are often cut and dressed by hand, jointed and interlocked in the traditional way, and fastened throughout with wood pegs.’
      • ‘Be certain that the edges are properly jointed with no space between the boards.’
  • 2Cut (the body of an animal) into joints.

    • ‘Patterns of jointing meat vary between countries depending on the methods favoured for cookery.’
    • ‘He sends his fat cattle to a local butcher to be slaughtered and jointed, then sells the meat.’
    • ‘Having found a butcher to joint it we started to skin it but we then discovered its problems - a missing front foot and a stinking gangrenous shoulder.’
    • ‘The jointed body was pinned to itself in a sort of fold.’
    • ‘If cattle are removed at jointing, there will be very little yield loss.’
    cut up, chop up, butcher, carve
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Phrases

  • out of joint

    • 1(of a joint of the body) out of position; dislocated.

      ‘he put his hip out of joint’
      • ‘The injury has progressed to the point that the heads can dislocate or come out of joint.’
      • ‘For, as with Sutton, Petrov has put a few noses out of joint with his match-winning interventions this season.’
      • ‘I've managed to pull my hip out of joint somehow and have stabbing pains when I stand up.’
      • ‘However, his comeback was accompanied by a 90 percent chance the shoulder would pop out of joint again.’
      • ‘Jacob wrestled with the angel until the angel put his hip out of joint.’
      • ‘I am in discomfort all the time and my hip keeps popping out of joint so I have to wiggle it back in.’
      • ‘She pulls it hard enough to put it out of joint, but does not break it.’
      • ‘He rolled off to one side, and was trying to rise, but his arm had been put out of joint at the shoulder in the fall.’
      1. 1.1In a state of disorder or disorientation.
        ‘time was thrown completely out of joint’
        • ‘But there is something collectively out of joint in European culture, if rhetoric like this really resonates with the public.’
        • ‘The time, and the medium, seem out of joint for such productions.’
        • ‘The modern world, as BT portrays it, is out of joint.’
        • ‘Highly trained sniffer dogs used to detect explosives could have their snouts put out of joint by pioneering chemical research.’
        • ‘The poets seem to be ethnographers, slightly out of joint.’
        • ‘The angles are out of joint, the proportions irregular, the sky stained by blotches; still the birds flutter along in meditation.’
        • ‘The things they describe are not integral to the story, and the language of the descriptions is forced and somehow out of joint.’
        • ‘Confucius finds himself in an age in which values are out of joint.’
        • ‘Similarly out of joint is the notion that Rachel's example in Genesis 30 would be taken by fundamentalists as justification for concubinage.’
        • ‘A group of fruit trees in this work becomes a hideous metaphor for a world out of joint.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French, past participle of joindre to join (see join).

Pronunciation:

joint

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