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

  • n. A place or part at which two or more things are joined.
  • n. A way in which two or more things are joined: a mortise-and-tenon joint; flexible joints.
  • n. Anatomy A point of articulation between two or more bones, especially such a connection that allows motion.
  • n. Anatomy A point in the exoskeleton of an invertebrate at which movable parts join, as along the leg of an arthropod.
  • n. Botany An articulation on a fruit or stem, such as the node of a grass stem.
  • n. Geology A fracture or crack in a rock mass along which no appreciable movement has occurred.
  • n. A large cut of meat for roasting.
  • n. Slang A cheap or disreputable gathering place: "The tavern is . . . just a joint with Formica tables, a vinyl floor, lights over the mirrors” ( Scott Turow).
  • n. Slang A building or dwelling.
  • n. Slang A prison. Often used with the.
  • n. Slang A marijuana cigarette.
  • n. Vulgar Slang A penis.
  • adj. Shared by or common to two or more: our joint presence; a joint income-tax return.
  • adj. Sharing with another or others: a joint tenant.
  • adj. Formed or characterized by cooperation or united action: joint military maneuvers.
  • adj. Involving both houses of a legislature: a joint session of Congress.
  • adj. Law Regarded as one legal body; united in identity of interest or liability.
  • adj. Mathematics Involving two or more variables.
  • transitive v. To combine or attach with a joint or joints: securely jointed the sides of the drawer.
  • transitive v. To provide or construct with joints: joint a boom on a crane.
  • transitive v. To separate (meat) at the joints.
  • idiom out of joint Dislocated, as a bone.
  • idiom out of joint Not harmonious; inconsistent.
  • idiom out of joint Out of order; inauspicious or unsatisfactory.
  • idiom out of joint In bad spirits or humor; out of sorts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Done by two or more people or organisations working together.
  • n. The point where two components of a structure join, but are still able to rotate.
  • n. The point where two components of a structure join rigidly.
  • n. Any part of the body where two bones join, in most cases allowing that part of the body to be bent or straightened.
  • n. this sense?) A means of joining two pieces of wood together so that they interlock.
  • n. A cut of meat.
  • n. A fracture in which the strata are not offset; a geologic joint.
  • n. A restaurant, bar, nightclub or similar business.
  • n. (always with the) prison
  • n. A marijuana cigarette.
  • v. To unite by a joint or joints; to fit together; to prepare so as to fit together
  • v. To join; to connect; to unite; to combine.
  • v. To provide with a joint or joints; to articulate.
  • v. To separate the joints; of; to divide at the joint or joints; to disjoint; to cut up into joints, as meat.
  • v. To fit as if by joints; to coalesce as joints do.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Joined; united; combined; concerted.
  • adj. Involving the united activity of two or more; done or produced by two or more working together.
  • adj. United, joined, or sharing with another or with others; not solitary in interest or action; holding in common with an associate, or with associates; acting together
  • adj. Shared by, or affecting two or more; held in common
  • n. The place or part where two things or parts are joined or united; the union of two or more smooth or even surfaces admitting of a close-fitting or junction; junction.
  • n. A joining of two things or parts so as to admit of motion; an articulation, whether movable or not; a hinge. See Articulation.
  • n. The part or space included between two joints, knots, nodes, or articulations
  • n. Any one of the large pieces of meat, as cut into portions by the butcher for roasting.
  • n. A plane of fracture, or divisional plane, of a rock transverse to the stratification.
  • n. The space between the adjacent surfaces of two bodies joined and held together, as by means of cement, mortar, etc..
  • n. The means whereby the meeting surfaces of pieces in a structure are secured together.
  • n. A projecting or retreating part in something; any irregularity of line or surface, as in a wall.
  • n. A narrow piece of scenery used to join together two flats or wings of an interior setting.
  • n. a disreputable establishment, or a place of low resort, as for smoking opium; -- also used for a commercial establishment, implying a less than impeccable reputation, but often in jest.
  • n. a marijuana cigarette.
  • n. prison; -- used with “the”.
  • intransitive v. To fit as if by joints; to coalesce as joints do.
  • transitive v. To unite by a joint or joints; to fit together; to prepare so as to fit together.
  • transitive v. To join; to connect; to unite; to combine.
  • transitive v. To provide with a joint or joints; to articulate.
  • transitive v. To separate the joints; of; to divide at the joint or joints; to disjoint; to cut up into joints, as meat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Joined in relation, action, or interest; having a common share; participating: as, joint owners; joint tenants.
  • Joined in use or participation; held jointly or in common; shared by different individuals: as, joint stock or property; a joint interest in an enterprise.
  • Joined in amount or effect; combined; acting together: as, joint strength; joint efforts; a joint attack.
  • In law: Of contracts, united in interest or liability in such manner that the law will not proceed without joining all, as distinguished from cases where a part may act, or sue or be sued, severally.
  • Of Crimes and torts, combined or connected in the same transaction.
  • To form with a joint or joints; articulate.
  • To prepare the edge of (a board or a piece of other material) for closely joining another piece; straighten the edge of (a board or plank), by means of a plane called a jointer.
  • To unite closely; combine; join.
  • To cut or divide into joints or pieces; separate the joints of; disjoint.
  • To fit as by joints, or as parts adjusted to one another: as, stones cut so as to joint into each other.
  • n. The place or part in which two things, or parts of one thing, are joined or united; the mode of connection of two things, together with the contiguous parts connected, whether the latter are movable or not; juncture; articulation; hinge.
  • n. Specifically— In anatomy: An articulation.
  • n. A part between two articulations; an internode; one of the pieces which form a jointed organ: as the second joint of the tarsus.
  • n. In botany, same as articulation, 2.
  • n. In architecture, the surface of contact between two bodies that are held firmly together by means of cement or mortar, by a superincumbent weight, or otherwise: as, the joint between two stones.
  • n. In railroading, the place where the ends of two rails meet, or the mode in which they are connected. See fish-joint and fish-plate.
  • n. In carpentry And joinery, the place where or the mode in which one piece of timber is connected with another. Pieces of timber are framed and joined to one another generally by mortises and tenons, of which there are several kinds, or by iron straps and bolts.
  • n. In bookbinding, the flexible cloth or leather which, serving as a hinge, connects the back of a book with its sides.
  • n. The junction of two portions of an electrical conductor, such as a telegraph-wire or cable-core.
  • n. In geology, a crack intersecting a mass of rock.
  • n. One of the large pieces into which a carcass is cut up by the butcher: as, a joint of beef; also, such a piece roasted, or prepared for eating: as, a hot joint; a cold joint.
  • n. A place of meeting or resort for persons engaged in evil and secret practices of any kind: as, a tramps' joint.
  • n. Specifically— Such a place, usually kept by Chinese, for the accommodation of persons addicted to the habit of opium-smoking, and where they are provided with pipes, opium, etc.
  • n. See cramp-joint
  • n. dislocated, as when the head of a bone is displaced from its socket; hence, figuratively, confused; disordered; gone wrong.
  • n. The middle piece or joint of a fly-rod, between the tip and the butt.
  • n. In racing or betting slang, an outside book-maker's paraphernalia of list-frame, umbrella, etc., some of which are joined together in movable pieces.
  • n. A pipe-joint in which muslin covered with putty is used for packing.
  • n. A joint between two metal plates, made water-tight by injecting thin putty into the crevices.

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

  • n. junction by which parts or objects are joined together
  • v. provide with a joint
  • adj. involving both houses of a legislature
  • n. the shape or manner in which things come together and a connection is made
  • v. fit as if by joints
  • adj. affecting or involving two or more
  • adj. united or combined
  • n. marijuana leaves rolled into a cigarette for smoking
  • v. separate (meat) at the joint
  • v. fasten with a joint
  • n. (anatomy) the point of connection between two bones or elements of a skeleton (especially if it allows motion)
  • n. a disreputable place of entertainment
  • n. a piece of meat roasted or for roasting and of a size for slicing into more than one portion


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

Middle English, from Old French, from past participle of joindre, to join; see join.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

The Middle English (late 13th century) noun is from Old French joint "joint of the body" (12th century), the English adjective (15th century) from Old French jointiz, both from Latin iunctus, the past participle of iungo. See also join, jugular. The meaning of "building, establishment", especially in connection with shady activities, appears in Anglo-Irish by 1821 and enters general American English slang by 1877, especially in the sense of "opium den". The sense "marijuana cigarette" is attested in 1935.



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