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5 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Joint \Joint\ (joint), noun [F. joint, fr. joindre, p. p. joint. See {Join}.]

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.

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}.

A scaly gauntlet now, with joints of steel, Must glove this hand. --Shak.

To tear thee joint by joint. --Milton.

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.

4. Any one of the large pieces of meat, as cut into portions by the butcher for roasting.

5. (Geol.) A plane of fracture, or divisional plane, of a rock transverse to the stratification.

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.

7. The means whereby the meeting surfaces of pieces in a structure are secured together.

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.] [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

9. (Theaters) A narrow piece of scenery used to join together two flats or wings of an interior setting. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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] [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]

11. a marijuana cigarette. [Slang] [PJC]

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

{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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Joint \Joint\ (joint), adjective [F., p. p. of joindre. See {Join}.]

1. Joined; united; combined; concerted; as, joint action.

2. Involving the united activity of two or more; done or produced by two or more working together.

I read this joint effusion twice over. --T. Hook.

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.

4. Shared by, or affecting two or more; held in common; as, joint property; a joint bond.

A joint burden laid upon us all. --Shak.

{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}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Joint \Joint\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Jointed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Jointing}.]

1. To unite by a joint or joints; to fit together; to prepare so as to fit together; as, to joint boards.

Pierced through the yielding planks of jointed wood. --Pope.

2. To join; to connect; to unite; to combine.

Jointing their force 'gainst Caesar. --Shak.

3. To provide with a joint or joints; to articulate.

The fingers are jointed together for motion. --Ray.

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.

Quartering, jointing, seething, and roasting. --Holland.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Joint \Joint\, verb (used without an object) To fit as if by joints; to coalesce as joints do; as, the stones joint, neatly.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

joint

adjective

1: united or combined; "a joint session of Congress"; "joint owners" [ant: {separate}]

2: affecting or involving two or more; "joint income-tax return"; "joint ownership"

3: involving both houses of a legislature; "a joint session of Congress"

noun

1: (anatomy) the point of connection between two bones or elements of a skeleton (especially if it allows motion) [syn: {joint}, {articulation}, {articulatio}]

2: a disreputable place of entertainment

3: the shape or manner in which things come together and a connection is made [syn: {articulation}, {join}, {joint}, {juncture}, {junction}]

4: a piece of meat roasted or for roasting and of a size for slicing into more than one portion [syn: {roast}, {joint}]

5: junction by which parts or objects are joined together

6: marijuana leaves rolled into a cigarette for smoking [syn: {joint}, {marijuana cigarette}, {reefer}, {stick}, {spliff}]

verb

1: fit as if by joints; "The boards fit neatly"

2: provide with a joint; "the carpenter jointed two pieces of wood" [syn: {joint}, {articulate}]

3: fasten with a joint

4: separate (meat) at the joint

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