1. [syn: strap hinge, joint hinge]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Joint \Joint\ (joint), n. [F. joint, fr. joindre, p. p. joint.
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]
12. prison; -- used with "the". [Slang] " he spent five years
in the joint."
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
Joint chair (Railroad), the chair that supports the ends of
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.
(a) A stool consisting of jointed parts; a folding stool.
(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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a hinge with two long straps; one strap is fastened to the
surface of a moving part (e.g., a door or lid) and the
other is fastened to the adjacent stationary frame [syn:
strap hinge, joint hinge]