Definition of Articulate

1. Verb. Provide with a joint. "The carpenter jointed two pieces of wood"

Exact synonyms: Joint
Category relationships: Carpentry, Woodwork, Woodworking
Generic synonyms: Furnish, Provide, Render, Supply
Derivative terms: Articulation, Articulation, Articulation, Joint, Jointer

2. Adjective. Expressing yourself easily or characterized by clear expressive language. "Articulate beings"

3. Verb. Put into words or an expression. "He formulated his concerns to the board of trustees"

4. Adjective. Consisting of segments held together by joints.
Exact synonyms: Articulated
Similar to: Jointed
Antonyms: Unarticulated

5. Verb. Speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way. "Can the child sound out this complicated word?"

6. Verb. Unite by forming a joint or joints. "The ankle bone articulates with the leg bones to form the ankle bones"
Generic synonyms: Connect, Join, Link, Link Up, Unite

7. Verb. Express or state clearly.
Exact synonyms: Enunciate, Vocalise, Vocalize
Generic synonyms: Say, State, Tell
Derivative terms: Articulation, Articulative, Enunciation

Definition of Articulate

1. a. Expressed in articles or in separate items or particulars.

2. n. An animal of the subkingdom Articulata.

3. v. i. To utter articulate sounds; to utter the elementary sounds of a language; to enunciate; to speak distinctly.

4. v. t. To joint; to unite by means of a joint; to put together with joints or at the joints.

Definition of Articulate

1. Adjective. clear, effective ¹

2. Adjective. especially, speaking in a clear or effective manner ¹

3. Adjective. able to bend or hinge at certain points or intervals ¹

4. Verb. To make clear or effective. ¹

5. Verb. To speak clearly; to enunciate. ¹

6. Verb. To explain; to put into words; to make something specific. ¹

7. Verb. To bend or hinge something at intervals, or to allow or build something so that it can bend. ¹

8. Verb. (music) to attack a note, as by tonguing, slurring, bowing, etc. ¹

9. Verb. (anatomy) to form a joint or connect by joints ¹

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Definition of Articulate


Medical Definition of Articulate

1. Jointed, or having joints where separation may occur naturally. (09 Oct 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Articulate

articular surface of head of rib
articular surface of patella
articular surface of temporal bone
articular surface of tubercle of rib
articular tubercle of temporal bone
articular vascular circle
articular vascular network
articular vascular network of elbow
articular vascular network of knee
articularis cubiti muscle
articularis genu
articulate (current term)
articulated bus
articulated lorry
articulated skeleton
articulating paper
articulatio acromioclavicularis
articulatio atlanto-occipitalis
articulatio atlantoaxialis lateralis
articulatio atlantoaxialis mediana

Literary usage of Articulate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke (1803)
"I. Man fated to form articulate Sounds, } 2. To make them Signs of Ideas. BESIDES articulate founds therefore, it was farther nec- ..."

2. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1888)
"The bill then proceeds to describe various discoveries in the art of conveying articulate sounds by telegraphic wires prior to that of Bell, with which it ..."

3. Mind in Evolution by Leonard Trelawney Hobhouse (1901)
"CHAPTER X articulate IDEAS 1. WE have seen evidence in animal behaviour for the ... By a more articulate idea, is meant one in which comparatively distinct ..."

4. Observations on Man, His Frame, His Duty, and His Expectations by David Hartley (1834)
"To examine how far the Power of distinguishing articulate Sounds depends upon the Power of Association. First, then, Since not only the parts about the ..."

5. Studies of Childhood by James Sully (1896)
"Transition to articulate Speech. Let us now seek to understand how this undesigned trying of the articulate instrument passes into true significant ..."

6. An English Grammar: Comprehending the Principles and Rules of the Language by Josiah Swett, Lindley Murray (1844)
"Of articulate Sounds — Their Nature and Formation. §§. An articulate sound is the sound of the human voice, formed by the organs of speech. modified in its ..."

7. Primitive Culture: Researches Into the Development of Mythology, Philosophy by Sir Edward Burnett Tylor (1920)
"Now all languages are found on inspection to contain some articulate sounds of a directly natural and directly intelligible kind. ..."

8. Anthropology: An Introduction to the Study of Man and Civilization by Edward Burnett Tylor (1904)
"articulate Speech, 102 — Growth of Meanings, 103 — Abstract Words, ... Every people, even the smallest and most savage tribe, has an articulate language, ..."

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