Definition of joint noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dʒɔɪnt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dʒɔɪnt//
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  1. 1   a place where two bones are joined together in the body in a way that enables them to bend and move inflammation of the knee joint My joints are really stiff this morning. see also ball-and-socket joint
  2. 2  a place where two or more parts of an object are joined together, especially to form a corner
  3. 3 (British English) a piece of roast meat a joint of beef the Sunday joint (= one traditionally eaten on a Sunday) See related entries: Meat
  4. 4(informal) a place where people meet to eat, drink, dance, etc., especially one that is cheap a fast-food joint The joint was jumping (= full of people and activity).
  5. 5(informal) a cigarette containing marijuana (= an illegal drug) See related entries: Addiction
  6. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French, past participle of joindre ‘to join’, from Latin jungere ‘to join’.Extra examples He dislocated his elbow joint. He slowly stood up, joints creaking in protest. He’s going to have his hip joint replaced. It is an inflammatory condition affecting the joints. She fell and put her knee out of joint. Synovial fluid lubricates the joints. The joint should be able to move freely. You have fluid in the joint. a joint between two lengths of copper a joint of beef/​lamb/​pork the joint between the lower and upper parts of the arm The joint was sealed with waterproof tape. To get a strong joint, the groove must be completely filled with glue.Idioms (informal) to look carefully around a building so that you can plan how to steal things from it at a later time See related entries: Committing crime
    1. 1(of a bone) pushed out of its correct position She put her hip out of joint in the accident.
    2. 2not working or behaving in the normal way Time is thrown completely out of joint in the opening chapters.
    put somebody’s nose out of joint
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    (informal) to upset or annoy somebody, especially by not giving them enough attention
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: joint