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v. joined, join·ing, joins
1. To put or bring together so as to make continuous or form a unit: join two boards with nails; joined hands in a circle.
2. To put or bring into close association or relationship: two families that were joined by marriage; join forces.
3. To connect (points), as with a straight line.
4. To meet and merge with: where the creek joins the river.
5. To become a part or member of: joined the photography club.
6. To come into the company of: joined the group in the waiting room.
7. To participate with in an act or activity: The committee joins me in welcoming you.
8. To adjoin: where the garage joins the house.
9. To engage in; enter into: Opposing armies joined battle on the plain.
1. To come together so as to form a connection: where the two bones join.
2. To act together; form an alliance: The two factions joined to oppose the measure.
3. To become a member of a group.
4. To take part; participate: joined in the search.
A joint; a junction.

[Middle English joinen, from Old French joindre, joign-, join-, from Latin iungere; see yeug- in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: join, combine, unite, link1, connect
These verbs mean to fasten or affix or become fastened or affixed. Join applies to the physical contact or union of at least two separate things and to the coming together of persons, as into a group: The children joined hands. The two groups joined together to support the bill. "Join the union, girls, and together say Equal Pay for Equal Work" (Susan B. Anthony).
Combine suggests the mixing or merging of components, often for a specific purpose: The cook combined various ingredients. The schools combined to make more efficient use of resources. Unite stresses the coherence or oneness of the persons or things joined: The volunteers united to prevent their town from flooding. The strike united the oppressed workers. Link and connect imply a firm attachment in which the individual components remain distinct: The study linked the high crime rate to unemployment. The reporter connected the police chief to the scandal.
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  • apse - From Latin apsis, meaning "fastening together," it is based on the notion that a vaulted space seems to be the joining together of arcs to form a circle.
  • syssarcosis - The joining of two or more bones by muscle.
  • couple - Its underlying notion is of "joining," coming from Latin copula, "connection, tie."
  • conjugal - From Latin conjugare, "join together (in marriage)"—from com-, "together," and jugare, "yoke"—it has an underlying notion of "joining together."
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the uniting of two individual organisms or animals anatomically and physiologically, either under experimental or natural conditions. — parabiotic, adj.
Rare. coalescence; union or fusion.
1. a close joining together.
2. the state of being fastened or knitted together.
1. the process of putting two or more things, concepts, elements, etc., together to form a whole.
2. the whole formed of such combined parts. See also thinking. — synthesist, n., — synthetic, synthetical, adj.
the principles or practice of synthesis or synthetic methods or techniques.
a person who practices or believes in synthetic methods or principles.
Obsolete, a union, especially a political union as a federation or alliance.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.joining - the act of bringing two things into contact (especially for communication)joining - the act of bringing two things into contact (especially for communication); "the joining of hands around the table"; "there was a connection via the internet"
hit - a connection made via the internet to another website; "WordNet gets many hits from users worldwide"
interconnection - (computer science) the act of interconnecting (wires or computers or theories etc.)
intersection - the act of intersecting (as joining by causing your path to intersect your target's path)
bringing close together, approximation - the act of bringing near or bringing together especially the cut edges of tissue
concatenation - the act of linking together as in a series or chain
converging, convergency, convergence - the act of converging (coming closer)
coming upon, encounter - a casual meeting with a person or thing
articulation - the act of joining things in such a way that motion is possible
adjunction, junction - an act of joining or adjoining things
fastening, attachment - the act of fastening things together
change of integrity - the act of changing the unity or wholeness of something
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References in classic literature ?
"I shan't build my house by Willie's if he don't want me to, so now!" put in little Marion, joining the mutiny.
Irwine, glad at heart over this good morning's work of joining Adam and Dinah.
After lending books to family, friends and coworkers, Felicia Hart toyed with the idea of joining a formal book discussion group.
Prior to joining Travelers in 1989, Mead worked in public accounting with Deloitte, Haskins & Sells in Bristol, England, and Price Waterhouse in Philadelphia and Hartford, Conn.
Prior to joining Comergent, Symonds spent five years at Oracle, where her most recent position was senior director, Worldwide Marketing.
Though 30 per cent wanted Britain to rule out the possibility of joining the euro at any time.
Cases that occurred prior to joining a large group practice.
Bonding and trimming procedures do not achieve gas tightness and tend to degrade due to the porosity or the structure in the joining zone.
Prior to joining, Minardi was a principal at Sutton & Edwards Commercial Real Estate.
Before joining the Board, he worked as a project planner for the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission and as a manager with Dames and Moore Engineering Consultants.
Jack Pacey, co-ordinator of the school of welding engineering technology at Northern College, says a likely choice for the new development is the Applied Welding Centre--Materials Joining Innovation, which will be located at Northern College's school of welding in Kirkland Lake.