from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An individual thing or element of a class; a particular object or item: an article of clothing; articles of food.
  • n. A particular section or item of a series in a written document, as in a contract, constitution, or treaty.
  • n. A nonfictional literary composition that forms an independent part of a publication, as of a newspaper or magazine.
  • n. Grammar The part of speech used to indicate nouns and to specify their application.
  • n. Grammar Any of the words belonging to this part of speech. In English, the indefinite articles are a and an and the definite article is the.
  • n. A particular part or subject; a specific matter or point.
  • transitive v. To bind by articles set forth in a contract, such as one of apprenticeship.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A part or segment of something joined to other parts, or, in combination, forming a structured set.
  • n. A story, report, or opinion piece in a newspaper, magazine, journal, internet etc.
  • n. A member of a group or class
  • n. An object.
  • n. 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).
  • n. A section of a legal document, bylaws, etc.
  • n. A person.
  • n. A wench. A prime article = A handsome girl.
  • v. To study or train to become qualified, especially in the legal profession.
  • v. To bind by articles of apprenticeship.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A distinct portion of an instrument, discourse, literary work, or any other writing, consisting of two or more particulars, or treating of various topics. Hence: A clause in a contract, system of regulations, treaty, or the like; a term, condition, or stipulation in a contract; a concise statement.
  • n. A literary composition, forming an independent portion of a magazine, newspaper, or cyclopedia.
  • n. Subject; matter; concern; distinct.
  • n. A distinct part.
  • n. A particular one of various things
  • n. Precise point of time; moment.
  • n. 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.
  • n. One of the segments of an articulated appendage.
  • intransitive v. To agree by articles; to stipulate; to bargain; to covenant.
  • transitive v. To formulate in articles; to set forth in distinct particulars.
  • transitive v. To accuse or charge by an exhibition of articles.
  • transitive v. To bind by articles of covenant or stipulation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To state in detail; particularize; specify.
  • To accuse or charge by an exhibition of articles or accusations.
  • To bind by articles of covenant or stipulation: as, to article an apprentice.
  • To agree by articles; stipulate.
  • n. A joint connecting two parts of the body.
  • n. One of the parts thus connected; a jointed segment or part.
  • n. In botany, the name formerly given to that part of a stalk or stem which is between two joints.
  • n. A separate member or portion of anything. In particular— A clause, item, point, or particular in a contract, treaty, or other formal agreement; a condition or stipulation in a contract or bargain: as, articles of association; articles of apprenticeship.
  • n. A distinct proposition in a connected series; one of the particulars constituting a system: as, the Thirty-nine Articles; the articles of religion.
  • n. A separate clause or provision of a statute: as, the act of the six articles (see below).
  • n. A distinct charge or count: as, articles of impeachment.
  • n. A distinct item in an account or a list.
  • n. One of a series of regulations: as, the articles of war.
  • n. A literary composition on a specific topic, forming an independent portion of a book or literary publication, especially of a newspaper, magazine, review, or other periodical: as, an article on war, or on earthquakes and their causes.
  • n. A material thing as part of a class, or, absolutely, a particular substance or commodity: as, an article of merchandise; an article of clothing; salt is a necessary article.
  • n. A particular immaterial thing; a matter.
  • n. A concern; a piece of business; a subject. A point or nick of time joining two successive periods; a juncture; a moment; the moment or very moment.
  • n. The number 10, or any number ending in a cipher.
  • n. In grammar, a word used attributively to limit the application of a noun to one individual or set of individuals, and also to indicate whether the noun used signifies indefinitely one or any one of the class which it names, or definitely a specific object of thought.
  • n. That part of the proceedings which corresponds to the charge in our English bill in chancery to set aside a deed. The answer is called articles approbatory.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. bind by a contract; especially for a training period
  • n. one of a class of artifacts
  • n. a separate section of a legal document (as a statute or contract or will)
  • n. (grammar) a determiner that may indicate the specificity of reference of a noun phrase
  • n. nonfictional prose forming an independent part of a publication


Middle English, from Old French, from Latin articulus, joint, article, diminutive of artus, joint (translation of Greek arthron, joint, article).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)



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