joint


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Joint \Joint\ (joint), n. [F. joint, fr. joindre, p. p. joint.
   See Join.]
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   1. 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; as, a
      joint between two pieces of timber; a joint in a pipe.
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   2. A joining of two things or parts so as to admit of motion;
      an articulation, whether movable or not; a hinge; as, the
      knee joint; a node or joint of a stem; a ball and socket
      joint. See Articulation.
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            A scaly gauntlet now, with joints of steel,
            Must glove this hand.                 --Shak.
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            To tear thee joint by joint.          --Milton.
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   3. The part or space included between two joints, knots,
      nodes, or articulations; as, a joint of cane or of a grass
      stem; a joint of the leg.
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   4. Any one of the large pieces of meat, as cut into portions
      by the butcher for roasting.
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   5. (Geol.) A plane of fracture, or divisional plane, of a
      rock transverse to the stratification.
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   6. (Arch.) The space between the adjacent surfaces of two
      bodies joined and held together, as by means of cement,
      mortar, etc.; as, a thin joint.
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   7. The means whereby the meeting surfaces of pieces in a
      structure are secured together.
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   8. [Jag a notch.] A projecting or retreating part in
      something; any irregularity of line or surface, as in a
      wall. [Now Chiefly U. S.]
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   9. (Theaters) A narrow piece of scenery used to join together
      two flats or wings of an interior setting.
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   10. 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; as, talking about a
       high-class joint is an oxymoron. [Slang]
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   11. a marijuana cigarette. [Slang]
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   12. prison; -- used with "the". [Slang] " he spent five years
       in the joint."
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   Coursing joint (Masonry), the mortar joint between two
      courses of bricks or stones.

   Fish joint, Miter joint, Universal joint, etc. See
      under Fish, Miter, etc.

   Joint bolt, a bolt for fastening two pieces, as of wood,
      one endwise to the other, having a nut embedded in one of
      the pieces.

   Joint chair (Railroad), the chair that supports the ends of
      abutting rails.

   Joint coupling, a universal joint for coupling shafting.
      See under Universal.

   Joint hinge, a hinge having long leaves; a strap hinge.

   Joint splice, a re["e]nforce at a joint, to sustain the
      parts in their true relation.

   Joint stool.
       (a) A stool consisting of jointed parts; a folding stool.
           --Shak.
       (b) A block for supporting the end of a piece at a joint;
           a joint chair.

   Out of joint, out of place; dislocated, as when the head of
      a bone slips from its socket; hence, not working well
      together; disordered. "The time is out of joint." --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Joint \Joint\ (joint), a. [F., p. p. of joindre. See Join.]
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   1. Joined; united; combined; concerted; as, joint action.
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   2. Involving the united activity of two or more; done or
      produced by two or more working together.
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            I read this joint effusion twice over. --T. Hook.
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   3. 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; as,
      joint heir; joint creditor; a joint bank account; joint
      debtor, etc. "Joint tenants of the world." --Donne.
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   4. Shared by, or affecting two or more; held in common; as,
      joint property; a joint bond.
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            A joint burden laid upon us all.      --Shak.
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   Joint committee (Parliamentary Practice), a committee
      composed of members of the two houses of a legislative
      body, for the appointment of which concurrent resolutions
      of the two houses are necessary. --Cushing.

   Joint meeting, or Joint session, the meeting or session
      of two distinct bodies as one; as, a joint meeting of
      committees representing different corporations; a joint
      session of both branches of a State legislature to chose a
      United States senator. "Such joint meeting shall not be
      dissolved until the electoral votes are all counted and
      the result declared." --Joint Rules of Congress, U. S.

   Joint resolution (Parliamentary Practice), a resolution
      adopted concurrently by the two branches of a legislative
      body. "By the constitution of the United States and the
      rules of the two houses, no absolute distinction is made
      between bills and joint resolutions." --Barclay (Digest).

   Joint rule (Parliamentary Practice), a rule of proceeding
      adopted by the concurrent action of both branches of a
      legislative assembly. "Resolved, by the House of
      Representatives (the Senate concurring), that the
      sixteenth and seventeenth joint rules be suspended for the
      remainder of the session." --Journal H. of R., U. S.

   Joint and several (Law), a phrase signifying that the debt,
      credit, obligation, etc., to which it is applied is held
      in such a way that the parties in interest are engaged
      both together and individually thus a joint and several
      debt is one for which all the debtors may be sued together
      or either of them individually; used especially in the
      phrase joint and several liability.

   Joint stock, stock held in company.

   Joint-stock company (Law), a species of partnership,
      consisting generally of a large number of members, having
      a capital divided, or agreed to be divided, into shares,
      the shares owned by any member being usually transferable
      without the consent of the rest.

   Joint tenancy (Law), a tenure by two or more persons of
      estate by unity of interest, title, time, and possession,
      under which the survivor takes the whole. --Blackstone.

   Joint tenant (Law), one who holds an estate by joint
      tenancy. Contrassted with tenant in common.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Joint \Joint\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Jointed; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Jointing.]
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   1. To unite by a joint or joints; to fit together; to prepare
      so as to fit together; as, to joint boards.
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            Pierced through the yielding planks of jointed wood.
                                                  --Pope.
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   2. To join; to connect; to unite; to combine.
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            Jointing their force 'gainst Caesar.  --Shak.
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   3. To provide with a joint or joints; to articulate.
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            The fingers are jointed together for motion. --Ray.
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   4. To separate the joints; of; to divide at the joint or
      joints; to disjoint; to cut up into joints, as meat. "He
      joints the neck." --Dryden.
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            Quartering, jointing, seething, and roasting.
                                                  --Holland.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Joint \Joint\, v. i.
   To fit as if by joints; to coalesce as joints do; as, the
   stones joint, neatly.
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