miter 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]

   12. prison; -- used with "the". [Slang] " he spent five years
       in the joint."

   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.
       (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:

Miter \Mi"ter\, Mitre \Mi"tre\, n. [F. mitre, fr. L. mitra
   headband, turban, Gr. ?.]
   1. A covering for the head, worn on solemn occasions by
      bishops and other church dignitaries. It has been made in
      many forms, the present form being a lofty cap with two
      points or peaks. --Fairholt.
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   2. The surface forming the beveled end or edge of a piece
      where a miter joint is made; also, a joint formed or a
      junction effected by two beveled ends or edges; a miter
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   3. (Numis.) A sort of base money or coin.
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   Miter box (Carp. & Print.), an apparatus for guiding a
      handsaw at the proper angle in making a miter joint; esp.,
      a wooden or metal trough with vertical kerfs in its
      upright sides, for guides.

   Miter dovetail (Carp.), a kind of dovetail for a miter
      joint in which there is only one joint line visible, and
      that at the angle.

   Miter gauge (Carp.), a gauge for determining the angle of a

   Miter joint, a joint formed by pieces matched and united
      upon a line bisecting the angle of junction, as by the
      beveled ends of two pieces of molding or brass rule, etc.
      The term is used especially when the pieces form a right
      angle, such as the edges of a window frame, and the edge
      of each piece at the point of junction is cut at a 45[deg]
      angle to its long direction. See Miter, 2.

   Miter shell (Zool.), any one of numerous species of marine
      univalve shells of the genus Mitra.

   Miter square (Carp.), a bevel with an immovable arm at an
      angle of 45[deg], for striking lines on stuff to be
      mitered; also, a square with an arm adjustable to any

   Miter wheels, a pair of bevel gears, of equal diameter,
      adapted for working together, usually with their axes at
      right angles.
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