Origin: Jointed; Jointing.
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)
7. The means whereby the meeting surfaces of pieces in a structure are secured together. Coursing joint, the chair that supports the ends of abutting rails. Joint coupling, a universal joint for coupling shafting. See Universal. Joint hinge, a hinge having long leaves; a strap hinge. Joint splice, a reenforce at a joint, to sustain the parts in their true relation. Joint stool. A stool consisting of jointed parts; a folding stool. 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."
Origin: F. Joint, fr. Joindre, p. P. Joint. See Join.
(01 Mar 1998)
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