(Joist) n. [OE. giste, OF. giste, F. gîte, fr. gesir to lie, F. gésir. See Gist.] (Arch.) A piece of
timber laid horizontally, or nearly so, to which the planks of the floor, or the laths or furring strips of a
ceiling, are nailed; called, according to its position or use, binding joist, bridging joist, ceiling joist,
trimming joist, etc. See Illust. of Double-framed floor, under Double, a.
(Joist), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Joisted; p. pr. & vb. n. Joisting.] To fit or furnish with joists. Johnson.
(Joke), n. [L. jocus. Cf Jeopardy, Jocular, Juggler.]
1. Something said for the sake of exciting a laugh; something witty or sportive (commonly indicating
more of hilarity or humor than jest); a jest; a witticism; as, to crack good-natured jokes.
And gentle dullness ever loves a joke.Pope.
Or witty joke our airy senses movesGay.
To pleasant laughter.
2. Something not said seriously, or not actually meant; something done in sport.
Inclose whole downs in walls, 't is all a joke.Pope. In joke, in jest; sportively; not meant seriously. Practical joke. See under Practical.
(Joke), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Joked ; p. pr. & vb. n. Joking.] To make merry with; to make jokes
upon; to rally; to banter; as, to joke a comrade.
(Joke), v. i. [L. jocari.] To do something for sport, or as a joke; to be merry in words or actions; to
He laughed, shouted, joked, and swore.Macaulay.
Syn. To jest; sport; rally; banter. See Jest.
1. One who makes jokes or jests; a humorist; a wag.
2. (Card Playing) See Best bower, under 2d Bower.
(Jok"ing*ly), adv. In a joking way; sportively.
(Jole, Joll) v. t. & n. Same as Jowl. Shak.
(Jol*if") a. [See Jolly.] Joyful; merry; pleasant; jolly. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Jol`li*fi*ca"tion) n. [Jolly + L. -ficare (in comp.) to make. See -fy.] A merrymaking; noisy
We have had a jollification or so together.Sir W. Scott.
(Jol"li*ly) adv. In a jolly manner.
(Jol"li*ment) n. Jollity. [Obs.] Spenser.
(Jol"li*ness), n. Jollity; noisy mirth. Chaucer.