—adj. 1. uttered clearly in distinct syllables.
2. capable of speech; not speechless.
3. using language easily and fluently; having facility with words: an articulate speaker. 4. expressed, formulated, or presented with clarity and effectiveness: an articulate thought. 5. made clear, distinct, and precise in relation to other parts: an articulate form; an articulate shape; an articulate area. 6. (of ideas, form, etc.) having a meaningful relation to other parts: an articulate image. 7. having parts or distinct areas organized into a coherent or meaningful whole; unified: an articulate system of philosophy. 8. Zool.having joints or articulations; composed of segments.
—v.t. 1. to utter clearly and distinctly; pronounce with clarity.
2. Phonet.to make the movements and adjustments of the speech organs necessary to utter (a speech sound).
3. to give clarity or distinction to: to articulate a shape; to articulate an idea. 4. Dentistry.to subject to articulation.
5. to unite by a joint or joints.
6. to reveal or make distinct: an injection to articulate arteries so that obstructions can be observed by x-ray.
—v.i. 1. to pronounce clearly each of a succession of speech sounds, syllables, or words; enunciate: to articulate with excessive precision. 2. Phonet.to articulate a speech sound.
3. Anat.,Zool.to form a joint.
4. Obs.to make terms of agreement.