Articulation is the act of expressing something in a coherent verbal form, or an aspect of pronunciation involving the articulatory organs.

Articulation comes from the Latin word for "jointed" or "divided into joints." So it makes sense that the word's original definition described movement at a joint, as in the articulation of your fingers while you're typing. (The joints themselves can also be called articulations.) This noun also describes the act of joining things in such a way that makes motion possible.

Primary Meanings of articulation

the shape or manner in which things come together and a connection is made
the act of expressing in coherent verbal form
Full Definitions of articulation

n the shape or manner in which things come together and a connection is made

join, joint, junction, juncture
esophagogastric junction, oesophagogastric junction
the junction between the esophagus and the stomach epithelium
Type of:
connection, connexion, link
a connecting shape

n the act of joining things in such a way that motion is possible

Type of:
connection, connexion, joining
the act of bringing two things into contact (especially for communication)

n (anatomy) the point of connection between two bones or elements of a skeleton (especially if it allows motion)

articulatio, joint
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fetlock, fetlock joint
the joint between the cannon bone and the pastern
hock, hock-joint
tarsal joint of the hind leg of hoofed mammals; corresponds to the human ankle
knee, stifle
joint between the femur and tibia in a quadruped; corresponds to the human knee
the joint of a mammal or bird that corresponds to the human elbow
fibrous joint, sutura, suture
an immovable joint (especially between the bones of the skull)
articulatio synovialis, diarthrosis, synovial joint
a joint so articulated as to move freely
articulatio temporomandibularis, mandibular joint, temporomandibular joint
the joint between the head of the lower jawbone and the temporal bone
coronal suture, sutura coronalis
the suture between the parietal and frontal bones of the skull
frontal suture, sutura frontalis
the suture between two halves of the frontal bone (usually obliterated by the age of 6)
intermaxillary suture, sutura intermaxillaris
the suture between the two maxillae of the upper jawbone
internasal suture, sutura internasalis
the suture between the two nasal bones
lamboid suture, sutura lamboidea
the suture between the occipital and parietal bones
occipitomastoid suture
the suture between the occipital and the temporal bones; a continuation of the lamboid suture
parietomastoid suture
the suture between the parietal and the temporal bones
interparietal suture, sagittal suture, sutura sagittalis
the suture uniting the two parietal bones
articulatio plana, gliding joint
a freely moving joint in which the articulations allow only gliding motions
ginglymoid joint, ginglymus, hinge joint
a freely moving joint in which the bones are so articulated as to allow extensive movement in one plane
knuckle, knuckle joint, metacarpophalangeal joint
a joint of a finger when the fist is closed
articulatio spheroidea, ball-and-socket joint, cotyloid joint, enarthrodial joint, enarthrosis, spheroid joint
a freely moving joint in which a sphere on the head of one bone fits into a rounded cavity in the other bone
articulatio trochoidea, pivot joint, rotary joint, rotatory joint
a freely moving joint in which movement is limited to rotation
Type of:
body part
any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity

n the act of expressing in coherent verbal form

“the articulation of my feelings”
Type of:
expression, verbal expression, verbalism
the communication (in speech or writing) of your beliefs or opinions

n the aspect of pronunciation that involves bringing articulatory organs together so as to shape the sounds of speech

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the conversion of a simple stop consonant into an affricate
a manner of articulation involving an audible release of breath
the insertion of a vowel or consonant into a word to make its pronunciation easier
nasalisation, nasalization
the act of nasalizing; the utterance of sounds modulated by the nasal resonators
retroflection, retroflexion
an articulatory gesture made by turning the tip of the tongue back against the roof of the mouth
diction, enunciation
the articulation of speech regarded from the point of view of its intelligibility to the audience
syncopation, syncope
(phonology) the loss of sounds from within a word (as in `fo'c'sle' for `forecastle')
the articulatory process whereby the pronunciation of a word or morpheme changes when it is followed immediately by another (especially in fluent speech)
indistinct articulation
the articulation of a consonant (especially the consonant `r') with a rapid flutter of the tongue against the palate or uvula
indistinct enunciation
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the manner in which someone utters a word

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