articulation

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.

Definitions of articulation
  1. noun
    the shape or manner in which things come together and a connection is made
    synonyms: join, joint, junction, juncture
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    esophagogastric junction, oesophagogastric junction
    the junction between the esophagus and the stomach epithelium
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    connection, connexion, link
    a connecting shape
  2. noun
    the act of joining things in such a way that motion is possible
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    connection, connexion, joining
    the act of bringing two things into contact (especially for communication)
  3. noun
    (anatomy) the point of connection between two bones or elements of a skeleton (especially if it allows motion)
    synonyms: 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
    elbow
    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
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    body part
    any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity
  4. noun
    the act of expressing in coherent verbal form
    “the articulation of my feelings”
    synonyms: voice
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    expression, verbal expression, verbalism
    the communication (in speech or writing) of your beliefs or opinions
  5. noun
    the aspect of pronunciation that involves bringing articulatory organs together so as to shape the sounds of speech
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    affrication
    the conversion of a simple stop consonant into an affricate
    aspiration
    a manner of articulation involving an audible release of breath
    epenthesis
    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')
    sandhi
    the articulatory process whereby the pronunciation of a word or morpheme changes when it is followed immediately by another (especially in fluent speech)
    thickness
    indistinct articulation
    trill
    the articulation of a consonant (especially the consonant `r') with a rapid flutter of the tongue against the palate or uvula
    mumbling
    indistinct enunciation
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    pronunciation
    the manner in which someone utters a word
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