ARTIC'ULATE, a. [L. articulatus, jointed, distinct.] 1. Formed by jointing or articulation of the organs of speech; applied to sound. An articulate sound is made by closing and opening the organs of speech. The junction or closing of the organs forms a joint or articulation, as in the syllables ab, ad, ap; in passing from one articulation to another, the organs are, or may be opened, and a vowel is uttered, as in attune; and the different articulations, with the intervening vocal sounds, from what is called articulate sounds; sounds distinct, separate, and modified by articulation or jointing. This articulation constitutes the prominent difference between the human voice and that of brutes. Brutes open the mouth and make vocal sounds, but have either not at all, or very imperfectly, the power of articulation. 2. Expressed in articles, or in separate particulars. [Not used.] 3. Jointed; formed with joints. ARTIC'ULATE, v.t. 1. To utter articulate sounds; to utter distinct syllables or words. 2. To draw up or write in separate particulars. [Not used.] 3. To treat, stipulate or make terms. [Not used.] 4. To joint.
I. adjectiveEtymology: Latin articulatus jointed, past participle of articulare, from articulusDate: 1586 1.a. divided into syllables or words meaningfully arranged ;intelligibleb. able to speak c. expressing oneself readily, clearly, or effectively <an articulate teacher>; also expressed in this manner <an articulate argument> 2.a. consisting of segments united by joints ; jointed <articulate animals> b. distinctly marked off • articulatelyadverb • articulatenessnounII. verb (-lated; -lating) Date: 1551 transitive verb1.a. to give clear and effective utterance to ; put into words <articulate one's grievances> b. to utter distinctly <articulating each note in the musical phrase> c. to give definition to (as a shape or object) <shades of gray were chosen to articulate different spaces — Carol Vogel> d. to give shape or expression to (as a theme or concept) <a drama that uses eerie props to articulate a sense of foreboding> 2.a. to unite by or as if by means of a joint ;jointb. to form or fit into a systematic whole <articulating a program for all school grades> intransitive verb1. to utter articulate sounds 2. to become united or connected by or as if by a joint • articulativeadjective • articulatornoun
adj. & v. --adj. 1 able to speak fluently and coherently. 2 (of sound or speech) having clearly distinguishable parts. 3 having joints. --v. 1 tr. a pronounce (words, syllables, etc.) clearly and distinctly. b express (an idea etc.) coherently. 2 intr. speak distinctly (was quite unable to articulate). 3 tr. (usu. in passive) connect by joints. 4 tr. mark with apparent joints. 5 intr. (often foll. by with) form a joint. Phrases and idioms: articulated lorry Brit. a lorry consisting of two or more sections connected by a flexible joint. Derivatives: articulacy n. articulately adv. articulateness n. articulator n. Etymology: L articulatus (as ARTICLE, -ATE(2))
Articulate Ar*tic"u*late, a. [L. articulatus. See Articulata.] 1. Expressed in articles or in separate items or particulars. [Archaic] --Bacon. 2. Jointed; formed with joints; consisting of segments united by joints; as, articulate animals or plants. 3. Distinctly uttered; spoken so as to be intelligible; characterized by division into words and syllables; as, articulate speech, sounds, words. Total changes of party and articulate opinion. --Carlyle.
Articulate Ar*tic"u*late, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Articulated; p. pr. & vb. n. Articulating]. 1. To utter articulate sounds; to utter the elementary sounds of a language; to enunciate; to speak distinctly. 2. To treat or make terms. [Obs.] --Shak. 3. To join or be connected by articulation.
Articulate Ar*tic"u*late, v. t. 1. To joint; to unite by means of a joint; to put together with joints or at the joints. 2. To draw up or write in separate articles; to particularize; to specify. [Obs.] 3. To form, as the elementary sounds; to utter in distinct syllables or words; to enunciate; as, to articulate letters or language. ``To articulate a word.'' --Ray. 4. To express distinctly; to give utterance to. Luther articulated himself upon a process that hand already begun in the Christian church. --Bibliotheca Sacra. To . . . articulate the dumb, deep want of the people. --Carlyle.
(articulating, articulated) 1. If you describe someone as articulate, you mean that they are able to express their thoughts and ideas easily and well. She is an articulate young woman...ADJ [approval] 2. When you articulate your ideas or feelings, you express them clearly in words. (FORMAL) The president has been accused of failing to articulate an overall vision in foreign affairs.VERB: V n/wh 3. If you articulate something, you say it very clearly, so that each word or syllable can be heard. He articulated each syllable carefully.VERB: V n
I. a.1. Jointed, articulated, formed with joints. 2. Distinctly uttered, distinct, clear, clearly audible, intelligible. II. v. a.1. Join, unite by joints, unite, connect, fasten together. 2. Utter distinctly (as respects the elementary sounds), speak, enunciate. Seepronounce.