I. adjective Etymology: Latin articulatus jointed, past participle of articulare, from articulus Date: 1586 1. a. divided into syllables or words meaningfully arranged ; intelligible b. 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 • articulately adverbarticulateness noun II. verb (-lated; -lating) Date: 1551 transitive verb 1. 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 ; joint b. to form or fit into a systematic whole <
articulating a program for all school grades
intransitive verb 1. to utter articulate sounds 2. to become united or connected by or as if by a joint • articulative adjectivearticulator noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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