from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of vocal expression; utterance or enunciation.
  • noun The act or manner of producing a speech sound.
  • noun A speech sound, especially a consonant.
  • noun A jointing together or being jointed together.
  • noun The method or manner of jointing.
  • noun A fixed or movable joint between bones.
  • noun A movable joint between inflexible parts of the body of an animal, as the divisions of an appendage in arthropods.
  • noun A joint between two separable parts, as a leaf and a stem.
  • noun A node or a space on a stem between two nodes.
  • noun The conversion of a student's credits at one school to credits at another school by comparing the curricula.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of articulating, or the state of being articulated. The act of putting together so as to form a joint or joints. The uttering of articulate sounds.
  • noun In a concrete sense: In anatomy, a joint, as the joining or juncture of bones or of the movable segments of an arthropod.
  • noun In botany: A joint; a place where separation takes place spontaneously, as at the point of attachment of a deciduous organ, such as a leaf or the pedicel of a flower, or easily, as at the divisions of the stem of the horsetail. A node: applied either to the thickened joint-like part of the stem where a leaf is placed or to the space between two such points.
  • noun In grammar, an articulate sound or utterance; especially, a consonant, as ordinarily affecting and marking syllabic division.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Anat.) A joint or juncture between bones in the skeleton.
  • noun The connection of the parts of a plant by joints, as in pods.
  • noun One of the nodes or joints, as in cane and maize.
  • noun One of the parts intercepted between the joints; also, a subdivision into parts at regular or irregular intervals as a result of serial intermission in growth, as in the cane, grasses, etc.
  • noun The act of putting together with a joint or joints; any meeting of parts in a joint.
  • noun rare The state of being jointed; connection of parts.
  • noun The utterance of the elementary sounds of a language by the appropriate movements of the organs, as in pronunciation.
  • noun A sound made by the vocal organs; an articulate utterance or an elementary sound, esp. a consonant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun countable or uncountable A joint or the collection of joints at which something is articulated, or hinged, for bending.
  • noun countable A manner or method by which elements of a system are connected.
  • noun uncountable The quality, clarity or sharpness of speech.
  • noun music, uncountable The manner in which something is articulated (tongued, slurred or bowed).
  • noun accounting The interrelation and congruence of the flow of data between financial statements of an entity, especially between the income statement and balance sheet.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun expressing in coherent verbal form
  • noun the act of joining things in such a way that motion is possible
  • noun the aspect of pronunciation that involves bringing articulatory organs together so as to shape the sounds of speech
  • noun (anatomy) the point of connection between two bones or elements of a skeleton (especially if it allows motion)
  • noun the shape or manner in which things come together and a connection is made


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From Old French articulacion, from Medieval Latin articulatio


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