JOINT, n. [L. junctura. See Join.]1. The joining of two or more things.2. In anatomy, the joining of two or more bones; an articulation; as the elbow, the knee, or the knuckle.3. A knot; the union of two parts of a plant; or the space between two joints; an internode; as the joint of a cane, or of a stalk of maiz.4. A hinge; a juncture of parts which admits of motion.5. The place where two pieces of timber are united.6. In joinery, straight lines are called a joint, when two pieces of wood are planed.7. One of the limbs of an animal cut up by the butcher.
Out of joint, luxated; dislocated; as when the head of a bone is displaced from its socket. Hence figuratively, confused; disordered; misplaced.
JOINT, a. Shared by two or more; as joint property.1. United in the same profession; having an interest in the same thing; as a joint-heir or heiress.2. United; combined; acting in concert; as a joint force; joint efforts; joint vigor.Joint stock, the capital or fund of a company or partnership in business.
JOINT, v.t. To form with joints or articulations; used mostly in the participle; as the fingers are jointed; a cane has a jointed stalk.1. To form many parts into one; as jointed wood.2. To cut or divide into joints or quarters.
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