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joint committee a committee consisting of members from both houses of a bicameral legislature, or from two or more organizations.
jointly done by two or more people or organizations together; in common.
joint resolution a resolution passed by both houses of a bicameral legislature.
joint return a single U.S. income tax return combining the individual incomes of a married couple.
joint-stock company a company organized like a corporation except that stockholders are liable for debts.
jointure a granting of property to a woman by her intended husband, such property to be retained by her after his death. (See dower, dowry.)
jointweed an herb related to buckwheat, having jointed stems and bearing clusters of small white flowers.
joist any of usu. many small beams placed horizontally from one side of a room or building to the other, to which a ceiling or floorboards are to be attached. [2 definitions]
joke a short fictional story told to provoke laughter, esp. in reaction to the ending. [7 definitions]
joker someone who frequently tells jokes or acts so as to provoke laughter; jokester. [4 definitions]
jokester a person who often jokes or plays jokes on others.
jokingly in a humorous manner.
jollification enthusiastic and merry celebration; revelry.
jollity the state or quality of being merry; gaiety. [2 definitions]
jolly cheerful, enthusiastic, and merry. [4 definitions]
jolly boat a small boat usu. carried on the stern of a sailing vessel.
Jolly Roger the black flag, with a white skull and crossbones, of a pirate ship.
jolt to strike suddenly and forcefully so as to cause movement. [7 definitions]
Jonah according to the Old Testament, a minor Hebrew prophet who disobeyed God and was punished by being swallowed by a great fish, or whale, until he agreed to carry out God's order. [2 definitions]
Jonas Salk a U.S. bacteriologist who developed a vaccine against polio (b.1914--d.1995).
Jonathan Swift an Irish-born English satirist and clergyman (b.1667--d.1745).