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Meaning of article by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin articulus ( “a joint, limb, member, part, division, the article in grammar, a point of time” ); prop. diminutive of artus ( “a joint” ), akin to Ancient Greek ἄρθρον ( arthron, “joint, limb” ), from root *ar ( “to fit, join” ); see arm, art, etc .


    • ( RP ) IPA: /ˈɑːtɪkəl/, X-SAMPA: /"A:tIk@l/
    • ( GenAm ) IPA: /ˈɑɹtɪkl̩/, X-SAMPA: /"Ar\tIkl/
    • Rhymes: -ɑː( r )tɪkəl


    article ( plural: articles )

    1. A part or segment of something joined to other parts, or, in combination, forming a structured set .
      Each of the chelicerae is composed of two articles, forming a powerful pincer .
      The Articles of War are a set of regulations ... to govern the conduct of ... military ... forces
    2. A story, report, or opinion piece in a newspaper, magazine, journal, internet etc .
    3. A member of a group or class
      an article of clothing
    4. An object .
      a sales article
    5. ( grammar ) A part of speech that indicates, specifies and limits a noun ( a, an, or the in English ). In some languages the article may appear as en ending ( e.g. definite article in Swedish ) or there may be none ( e.g. Finnish, Estonian ) .
    6. A section of a legal document, bylaws, etc .
    7. ( derogatory ) A person.
    8. ( obsolete, slang ) A wench. A prime article = A handsome girl .
      She's a prime article ( whip slang ), she's a devilish good piece, a hell of a goer .

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    Related terms

    • articulate
    • articulation


    article ( third-person singular simple present articles present participle articling, simple past and past participle articled )

    1. ( intransitive ) To study or train to become qualified, especially in the legal profession .
    2. ( transitive ) To bind by articles of apprenticeship .

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    External links

    • article in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • article in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911


Explanation of article by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. bind by a contract

    1. one of a class of artifacts

    2. an article of clothing
    3. nonfictional prose forming an independent part of a publication

    4. a determiner that may indicate the specificity of reference of a noun phrase

    5. a separate section of a legal document ( as a statute or contract or will )

    Definition of article by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Article n. [F., fr. L. articulus, dim. of artus joint, akin to Gr. , fr. a root ar to join, fit. See Art, n.]
      1. A distinct portion of an instrument, discourse, literary work, or any other writing, consisting of two or more particulars, or treating of various topics; as, “an article in the Constitution”. Hence: A clause in a contract, system of regulations, treaty, or the like; a term, condition, or stipulation in a contract; a concise statement; as, “articles of agreement”.

      2. A literary composition, forming an independent portion of a magazine, newspaper, or cyclopedia.

      3. Subject; matter; concern; distinct. [Obs.]

      A very great revolution that happened in this article of good breeding. Addison.

      This last article will hardly be believed. De Foe.

      4. A distinct part. “Upon each article of human duty.” Paley. “Each article of time.” Habington.

      The articles which compose the blood. E. Darwin.

      5. A particular one of various things; as, “an article of merchandise; salt is a necessary article.”

      They would fight not for articles of faith, but for articles of food. Landor.

      6. Precise point of time; moment. [Obs. or Archaic]

      This fatal news coming to Hick's Hall upon the article of my Lord Russell's trial, was said to have had no little influence on the jury and all the bench to his prejudice. Evelyn.

      7. ( Gram. ) One of the three words, a, an, the, used before nouns to limit or define their application. A ( or an ) is called the indefinite article, the the definite article.

      8. ( Zool. ) One of the segments of an articulated appendage.

      Articles of Confederation, the compact which was first made by the original thirteen States of the United States. They were adopted March 1, 1781, and remained the supreme law until March, 1789. -- Articles of impeachment, an instrument which, in cases of impeachment, performs the same office which an indictment does in a common criminal case. -- Articles of war, rules and regulations, fixed by law, for the better government of the army. -- In the article of death [L. in articulo mortis], at the moment of death; in the dying struggle. -- Lords of the articles ( Scot. Hist. ), a standing committee of the Scottish Parliament to whom was intrusted the drafting and preparation of the acts, or bills for laws. -- The Thirty-nine Articles, statements ( thirty-nine in number ) of the tenets held by the Church of England.

    2. Article, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Articled ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Articling] [Cf. F. articuler, fr. L. articulare. See Article, n., Articulate.]
      1. To formulate in articles; to set forth in distinct particulars.

      If all his errors and follies were articled against him, the man would seem vicious and miserable. Jer. Taylor.

      2. To accuse or charge by an exhibition of articles.

      He shall be articled against in the high court of admiralty. Stat. 33 Geo. III.

      3. To bind by articles of covenant or stipulation; as, “to article an apprentice to a mechanic”.

    3. Article, v. i. To agree by articles; to stipulate; to bargain; to covenant. [R.]

      Then he articled with her that he should go away when he pleased. Selden.