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Joint vs. Junction: Know the Difference

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By Shumaila Saeed || Updated on December 25, 2023
Joint refers to a location where two components are linked or move together, often found in anatomy or mechanics. Junction, on the other hand, denotes a point of convergence or intersection, typically for roads, paths, or lines, symbolizing a meeting.
Joint vs. Junction

Key Differences

Joint refers to the connection between two elements, often implying movement or flexibility, like in body parts or mechanical constructions. Junction, on the other hand, describes a point where two or more things come together, typically used for roads, railways, or networks, emphasizing a meeting or intersection.
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In anatomy, a joint is a location where bones connect, allowing for movement and support, like the knee or elbow. In contrast, a junction in geography or urban planning refers to an intersection or convergence of pathways, like roads or railways, highlighting the idea of connectivity and crossing.
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Joint also carries a metaphorical meaning, representing a point of collaboration or partnership in various contexts. Junction is often used in technical and transportation contexts, describing a point of connection in systems or networks, like electrical junctions or railway junctions.
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In construction, a joint is a specific point where two building elements meet, designed to manage structural stress. Junction, in a similar vein, refers to a point where different elements of infrastructure connect, like a junction box in electrical systems.
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Joint has versatile usage, extending to informal settings like referring to a place of gathering (e.g., a local joint). Junction tends to retain a more formal and specific usage, predominantly in infrastructure, transportation, and technical fields.
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Comparison Chart

Basic Definition

Point of connection or articulation
Place of meeting or crossing
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Anatomical Reference

Connection between bones (e.g., knee joint)
Not applicable
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Infrastructure Usage

Structural connection in buildings
Intersection or connection in systems
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Metaphorical Meaning

Collaboration or partnership point
Convergence of different elements or paths
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Informal Usage

Place of gathering (e.g., local hangout joint)
Rarely used in informal contexts
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Joint and Junction Definitions

Joint

A place where two bones meet in the body.
The elbow is a joint that allows for arm movement.
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Junction

A place where train tracks meet or diverge.
The train slowed as it approached the junction.
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Joint

A place or part at which two or more things are joined.
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Junction

A point where electrical lines or cables connect.
The technician checked the electrical junction for faults.
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Joint

A way in which two or more things are joined
A mortise-and-tenon joint.
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Junction

A place where rivers or streams meet.
The kayak tour explored the scenic river junction.
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Joint

A point of articulation between two or more bones, especially such a connection that allows motion.
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Junction

A point where two or more roads meet or cross.
The accident occurred at a busy junction downtown.
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Joint

A point in the exoskeleton of an invertebrate at which movable parts join, as along the leg of an arthropod.
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Junction

The act or process of joining or the condition of being joined.
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Joint

(Botany) An articulation on a fruit or stem, such as the node of a grass stem.
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Junction

A place where two things join or meet, especially a place where two roads or railway routes come together and one terminates.
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Joint

(Geology) A fracture or crack in a rock mass along which no appreciable movement has occurred.
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Junction

A connection between conductors or sections of a transmission line.
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Joint

A large cut of meat for roasting.
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Junction

The interface between two different semiconductor regions in a semiconductor device.
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Joint

A cheap or disreputable gathering place
"The tavern is ... just a joint with Formica tables, a vinyl floor, lights over the mirrors" (Scott Turow).
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Junction

A mechanical or alloyed contact between different metals or other materials, as in a thermocouple.
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Joint

A building or dwelling.
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Junction

The act of joining, or the state of being joined.
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Joint

A prison. Often used with the.
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Junction

A place where two things meet, especially where two roads meet.
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Joint

(Slang) A marijuana cigarette.
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Junction

The boundary between two physically different materials, especially between conductors, semiconductors, or metals.
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Joint

Vulgar Slang A penis.
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Junction

(nautical) The place where a distributary departs from the main stream.
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Joint

Shared by or common to two or more
Our joint presence.
A joint income-tax return.
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Junction

(rail transport) A place where two or more railways or railroads meet.
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Joint

Sharing with another or others
A joint tenant.
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Junction

A point in time between two unrelated consecutive broadcasts.
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Joint

Formed or characterized by cooperation or united action
Joint military maneuvers.
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Junction

A kind of symbolic link to a directory.
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Joint

Involving both houses of a legislature
A joint session of Congress.
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Junction

(programming) In the Raku programming language, a construct representing a composite of several values connected by an operator.
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Joint

(Law) Regarded as one, especially with regard to tort liability or interest in property.
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Junction

(electronics) electrical junction: a point or area where multiple conductors or semiconductors make physical contact.
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Joint

(Mathematics) Involving two or more variables.
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Junction

(of roads or tracks) To form a junction.
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Joint

To combine or attach with a joint or joints
Securely jointed the sides of the drawer.
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Junction

The act of joining, or the state of being joined; union; combination; coalition; as, the junction of two armies or detachments; the junction of paths.
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Joint

To provide or construct with joints
Joint a boom on a crane.
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Junction

The place or point of union, meeting, or junction; specifically, the place where two or more lines of railway meet or cross.
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Joint

To separate (meat) at the joints.
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Junction

The place where two or more things come together
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Joint

Done by two or more people or organisations working together.
The play was a joint production between the two companies.
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Junction

The state of being joined together
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Joint

The point where two components of a structure join, but are still able to rotate.
This rod is free to swing at the joint with the platform.
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Junction

The shape or manner in which things come together and a connection is made
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Joint

The point where two components of a structure join rigidly.
The water is leaking out of the joint between the two pipes.
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Junction

Something that joins or connects
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Joint

(anatomy) Any part of the body where two bones join, in most cases allowing that part of the body to be bent or straightened.
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Junction

An act of joining or adjoining things
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Joint

The means of securing together the meeting surfaces of components of a structure.
The dovetail joint, while more difficult to make, is also quite strong.
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Junction

A point in a network where connections converge.
The data center had several crucial network junctions.
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Joint

A cut of meat, especially (but not necessarily) (a) one containing a joint in the sense of an articulation or (b) one rolled up and tied.
Set the joint in a roasting tin and roast for the calculated cooking time.
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Joint

The part or space included between two joints, knots, nodes, or articulations.
A joint of cane or of a grass stem; a joint of the leg
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Joint

(geology) A fracture in which the strata are not offset; a geologic joint.
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Joint

A place of business, particularly in the food service or hospitality industries.
It was the kind of joint you wouldn't want your boss to see you in.
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Joint

A place of resort for tramps.
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Joint

An opium den.
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Joint

Prison.
I'm just trying to stay out of the joint.
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Joint

(slang) A marijuana cigarette.
After locking the door and closing the shades, they lit the joint.
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Joint

A syringe used to inject an illicit drug.
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Joint

The penis.
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Joint

Sense}} A thing.
A Spike Lee joint
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Joint

(transitive) To unite by a joint or joints; to fit together; to prepare so as to fit together
To joint boards
A jointing plane
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Joint

(transitive) To join; to connect; to unite; to combine.
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Joint

(transitive) To provide with a joint or joints; to articulate.
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Joint

(transitive) To separate the joints; of; to divide at the joint or joints; to disjoint; to cut up into joints, as meat.
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Joint

(intransitive) To fit as if by joints; to coalesce as joints do.
The stones joint, neatly.
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Joint

The place or part where two things or parts are joined or united; the union of two or more smooth or even surfaces admitting of a close-fitting or junction; junction; as, a joint between two pieces of timber; a joint in a pipe.
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Joint

A joining of two things or parts so as to admit of motion; an articulation, whether movable or not; a hinge; as, the knee joint; a node or joint of a stem; a ball and socket joint. See Articulation.
A scaly gauntlet now, with joints of steel,Must glove this hand.
To tear thee joint by joint.
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Joint

The part or space included between two joints, knots, nodes, or articulations; as, a joint of cane or of a grass stem; a joint of the leg.
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Joint

Any one of the large pieces of meat, as cut into portions by the butcher for roasting.
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Joint

A plane of fracture, or divisional plane, of a rock transverse to the stratification.
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Joint

The space between the adjacent surfaces of two bodies joined and held together, as by means of cement, mortar, etc.; as, a thin joint.
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Joint

The means whereby the meeting surfaces of pieces in a structure are secured together.
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Joint

A projecting or retreating part in something; any irregularity of line or surface, as in a wall.
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Joint

A narrow piece of scenery used to join together two flats or wings of an interior setting.
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Joint

A disreputable establishment, or a place of low resort, as for smoking opium; - also used for a commercial establishment, implying a less than impeccable reputation, but often in jest; as, talking about a high-class joint is an oxymoron.
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Joint

A marijuana cigarette.
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Joint

Prison; - used with "the".
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Joint

Joined; united; combined; concerted; as, joint action.
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Joint

Involving the united activity of two or more; done or produced by two or more working together.
I read this joint effusion twice over.
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Joint

United, joined, or sharing with another or with others; not solitary in interest or action; holding in common with an associate, or with associates; acting together; as, joint heir; joint creditor; a joint bank account; joint debtor, etc.
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Joint

Shared by, or affecting two or more; held in common; as, joint property; a joint bond.
A joint burden laid upon us all.
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Joint

To unite by a joint or joints; to fit together; to prepare so as to fit together; as, to joint boards.
Pierced through the yielding planks of jointed wood.
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Joint

To join; to connect; to unite; to combine.
Jointing their force 'gainst Cæsar.
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Joint

To provide with a joint or joints; to articulate.
The fingers are jointed together for motion.
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Joint

To separate the joints; of; to divide at the joint or joints; to disjoint; to cut up into joints, as meat.
Quartering, jointing, seething, and roasting.
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Joint

To fit as if by joints; to coalesce as joints do; as, the stones joint, neatly.
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Joint

(anatomy) the point of connection between two bones or elements of a skeleton (especially if the articulation allows motion)
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Joint

A disreputable place of entertainment
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Joint

The shape or manner in which things come together and a connection is made
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Joint

A piece of meat roasted or for roasting and of a size for slicing into more than one portion
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Joint

Junction by which parts or objects are joined together
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Joint

Marijuana leaves rolled into a cigarette for smoking
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Joint

Fit as if by joints;
The boards fit neatly
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Joint

Provide with a joint;
The carpenter jointed two pieces of wood
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Joint

Fasten with a joint
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Joint

Separate (meat) at the joint
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Joint

United or combined;
A joint session of Congress
Joint owners
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Joint

Affecting or involving two or more;
Joint income-tax return
Joint ownership
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Joint

Involving both houses of a legislature;
A joint session of Congress
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Joint

A point where parts of a machine or structure are connected.
The robot's arm had joints similar to a human's.
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Joint

An informal term for a place or establishment.
Let's meet at the new pizza joint downtown.
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Joint

A collaboration or combined effort between two parties.
The project was a joint effort between the two companies.
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Joint

A point where two building elements are connected.
The carpenter carefully sealed the joints between the floorboards.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

Can 'joint' refer to a place of social gathering?

Yes, 'joint' can informally refer to a gathering place, like a restaurant or bar.
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Is a joint always movable?

In anatomy, joints typically allow movement, but in construction, joints may not be movable.
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Can joints be artificial?

Yes, joints can be artificial, as in prosthetics or mechanical constructions.
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What is a road junction?

A road junction is a place where two or more roads meet or intersect.
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What is an electrical junction?

An electrical junction is where electrical wires or cables are connected.
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Is a junction box related to electricity?

Yes, a junction box is an enclosure housing electrical connections.
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What is a joint in anatomy?

An anatomical joint is where two bones are connected in the body, allowing movement.
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Are junctions only related to roads?

No, junctions can refer to any point of meeting or crossing, like in railways, networks, or geography.
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What is a joint effort?

A joint effort is a collaborative endeavor between two or more parties.
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Can joints be found in machines?

Yes, joints are often found in machines, allowing parts to move relative to each other.
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What's a network junction?

A network junction is a point where multiple network connections converge.
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What is a geographical junction?

A geographical junction is where rivers, streams, or other geographical features meet.
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What does a railway junction indicate?

A railway junction indicates a place where train tracks meet or diverge.
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Does a junction always involve roads?

No, junctions can involve various things like roads, railways, or network lines.
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Is a 'joint' a technical term in construction?

Yes, in construction, a joint refers to the connection point between two elements.
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Can joints be damaged in the human body?

Yes, joints in the body can be damaged due to injury or diseases like arthritis.
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Is 'joint' used in a legal context?

Yes, 'joint' is used in legal contexts, as in joint custody or joint ownership.
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Does a junction have to be a physical crossing?

Typically, yes, a junction is a physical crossing or meeting point of paths, lines, or networks.
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Are there immovable joints in the body?

Yes, some joints in the body, like those in the skull, are immovable.
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Are junctions significant in urban planning?

Yes, junctions are significant in urban planning, especially for traffic flow and connectivity.
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Gorilla Glass 3 vs. Gorilla Glass 5Gorilla Glass 3 vs. Gorilla Glass 5
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Gorilla Glass 3 offers improved scratch resistance and durability compared to its predecessors, while Gorilla Glass 5 focuses on enhanced drop protection and toughness.
House of Representatives vs. SenateHouse of Representatives vs. Senate
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December 25, 2023
The House of Representatives, based on population, drafts tax legislation and impeachment charges, while the Senate, with equal representation per state, tries impeachments and ratifies treaties.
FHSS vs. DSSSFHSS vs. DSSS
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February 25, 2024
FHSS (Frequency-Hopping Spread Spectrum) uses rapid frequency changes within a band. DSSS (Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum) spreads signals over a wider frequency using a code.
Happen vs. OccurHappen vs. Occur
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December 25, 2023
"Happen" refers to events or actions taking place, often with an unplanned or casual connotation, while "occur" implies events or phenomena that take place, often with a more formal or scientific tone.
NM3 vs. M3NM3 vs. M3
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April 19, 2024
NM3 measures gas volume under Normal conditions (0°C and 1.01325 bar), while M3 measures volume under the conditions at which it is measured, without standard adjustment.
Contact Force vs. Field ForceContact Force vs. Field Force
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December 25, 2023
Contact Force is a force applied through physical contact, while Field Force acts over a distance without physical contact.
Shall vs. Shall beShall vs. Shall be
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February 14, 2024
"Shall" is a modal verb used to indicate future action or a strong intention, while "shall be" is its future tense form, often implying a sense of obligation or inevitability.
Cache Memory vs. Main MemoryCache Memory vs. Main Memory
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May 18, 2024
Cache memory is a fast, volatile memory for quick access to frequently used data, enhancing processor speed. Main memory (RAM) is a larger, slower volatile memory for currently used data and programs.
Benzyl Chloride vs. Benzoyl ChlorideBenzyl Chloride vs. Benzoyl Chloride
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January 3, 2024
Benzyl Chloride is a chlorinated aromatic hydrocarbon used in organic synthesis, while Benzoyl Chloride is an acyl chloride used as a reagent in chemistry.
Term vs. SemesterTerm vs. Semester
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December 25, 2023
Term is a general period for any division of the academic year, while Semester specifically refers to half of an academic year.
Interviewer vs. IntervieweeInterviewer vs. Interviewee
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December 25, 2023
The interviewer conducts the interview, asking questions and guiding the conversation, while the interviewee is the one responding and being evaluated.
Slavic Facial Features vs. Germanic Facial FeaturesSlavic Facial Features vs. Germanic Facial Features
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January 31, 2024
Slavic facial features often include high cheekbones and rounder faces, while Germanic facial features typically have sharper angles and stronger jawlines.
Fudge vs. BrownieFudge vs. Brownie
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December 25, 2023
Fudge is a soft, dense, and creamy confectionery made from sugar, butter, and milk or cream, while a brownie is a baked dessert, typically chocolate-based, with a dense, cake-like texture.
Grand Opening vs. Soft OpeningGrand Opening vs. Soft Opening
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December 25, 2023
A Grand Opening is a highly publicized and celebratory launch of a business or venue, while a Soft Opening is a more subdued trial opening, often with limited services or a smaller audience.

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