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a. A place or part at which two or more things are joined.
b. A way in which two or more things are joined: a mortise-and-tenon joint.
2. Anatomy
a. A point of articulation between two or more bones, especially such a connection that allows motion.
b. A point in the exoskeleton of an invertebrate at which movable parts join, as along the leg of an arthropod.
3. Botany An articulation on a fruit or stem, such as the node of a grass stem.
4. Geology A fracture or crack in a rock mass along which no appreciable movement has occurred.
5. A large cut of meat for roasting.
6. Slang
a. A cheap or disreputable gathering place: "The tavern is ... just a joint with Formica tables, a vinyl floor, lights over the mirrors" (Scott Turow).
b. A building or dwelling.
c. A prison. Often used with the.
7. Slang A marijuana cigarette.
8. Vulgar Slang A penis.
1. Shared by or common to two or more: our joint presence; a joint income-tax return.
2. Sharing with another or others: a joint tenant.
3. Formed or characterized by cooperation or united action: joint military maneuvers.
4. Involving both houses of a legislature: a joint session of Congress.
5. Law Regarded as one, especially with regard to tort liability or interest in property.
6. Mathematics Involving two or more variables.
tr.v. joint·ed, joint·ing, joints
1. To combine or attach with a joint or joints: securely jointed the sides of the drawer.
2. To provide or construct with joints: joint a boom on a crane.
3. To separate (meat) at the joints.
out of joint
1. Dislocated, as a bone.
2. Informal
a. Not harmonious; inconsistent.
b. Out of order; inauspicious or unsatisfactory.
c. In bad spirits or humor; out of sorts.

[Middle English, from Old French, from past participle of joindre, to join; see join.]
لَيس في المَكان الصَّحيح
úr liîi; úr lagi


(dʒoint) noun
1. the place where two or more things join. The plumber tightened up all the joints in the pipes.
2. a part of the body where two bones meet but are able to move in the manner of eg a hinge. The shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees and ankles are joints.
3. a piece of meat for cooking containing a bone. A leg of mutton is a fairly large joint.
1. united; done together. the joint efforts of the whole team.
2. shared by, or belonging to, two or more. She and her husband have a joint bank account.
to divide (an animal etc for cooking) at the, or into, joints. Joint the chicken before cooking it.
ˈjointed adjective
1. having (especially movable) joints. a jointed doll.
2. (of an animal etc for cooking) divided into joints or pieces. a jointed chicken.
ˈjointly adverb
together. They worked jointly on this book.
out of joint
(of a limb etc) not in the correct place; dislocated. He put his shoulder out of joint when he moved the wardrobe.

see also join.
References in classic literature ?
Moreover, I have no blond or other lace; so THERE is another item to be purchased, since Bwikov declares that he cannot have his bride look like a cook, but, on the contrary, she must "put the noses of the great ladies out of joint.