AskDefine | Define articulation

Dictionary Definition



1 the aspect of pronunciation that involves bringing articulatory organs together so as to shape the sounds of speech
2 the shape or manner in which things come together and a connection is made [syn: join, joint, juncture, junction]
3 expressing in coherent verbal form; "the articulation of my feelings"; "I gave voice to my feelings" [syn: voice]
4 (anatomy) the point of connection between two bones or elements of a skeleton (especially if the articulation allows motion) [syn: joint, articulatio]
5 the act of joining things in such a way that motion is possible

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. qualifier countable or uncountable A joint or the collection of joints at which something is articulated, or hinged, for bending.
    The articulation allowed the robot to move around corners.
  2. qualifier uncountable The quality, clarity or sharpness of speech.
    His volume is reasonable, but his articulation could use work.
  3. In the context of "music|uncountable": The manner in which something is articulated (i.e. tongued, slurred or bowed.
    The articulation in this piece is tricky because it alternates between legato and staccato.''
  4. In the context of "accounting": A state in which the elements of financial statements are fundamentally interrelated in two ways: (1) assets = liabilities + equity (2)Beginning balance + changes = ending balance.



  • /aʁɔ̃/|lang=fr


  1. joint (joint with freedom to rotate)

Extensive Definition

In vehicle engineering:
articulation in Catalan: Articulació
articulation in German: Artikulation
articulation in Spanish: Articulación
articulation in French: Articulation
articulation in Ido: Artiko
articulation in Japanese: アーティキュレーション
articulation in Polish: Artykulacja
articulation in Slovak: Artikulácia
articulation in Ukrainian: Артикуляція

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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