from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of vocal expression; utterance or enunciation: an articulation of the group's sentiments.
  • n. The act or manner of producing a speech sound.
  • n. A speech sound, especially a consonant.
  • n. A jointing together or being jointed together.
  • n. The method or manner of jointing.
  • n. Anatomy A fixed or movable joint between bones.
  • n. Anatomy A movable joint between inflexible parts of the body of an animal, as the divisions of an appendage in arthropods.
  • n. Botany A joint between two separable parts, as a leaf and a stem.
  • n. Botany A node or a space on a stem between two nodes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A joint or juncture between bones in the skeleton.
  • n.
  • n. The connection of the parts of a plant by joints, as in pods.
  • n. One of the nodes or joints, as in cane and maize.
  • n. 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.
  • n. The act of putting together with a joint or joints; any meeting of parts in a joint.
  • n. The state of being jointed; connection of parts.
  • n. The utterance of the elementary sounds of a language by the appropriate movements of the organs, as in pronunciation.
  • n. A sound made by the vocal organs; an articulate utterance or an elementary sound, esp. a consonant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.
  • n. In a concrete sense: In anatomy, a joint, as the joining or juncture of bones or of the movable segments of an arthropod.
  • n. 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.
  • n. In grammar, an articulate sound or utterance; especially, a consonant, as ordinarily affecting and marking syllabic division.

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

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


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French articulacion, from Medieval Latin articulatio


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