loose-jointed


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loose-jointed

(lo͞os′join′tĭd)
adj.
1. Having freely articulated, highly mobile joints.
2. Limber or agile in movement.

loose′-joint′ed·ness n.
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The first two-thirds of the novel read like a loose-jointed picaresque adventure, each episode vivid and surreal, if not appearing to lead anywhere important.
A grinning doll of orange-and-black tissue paper with thin flat cardboard disks forming its head and feet and which some mysterious mechanism was causing to move up and down in a loose-jointed, shoulder-shaking, infuriatingly sensuous motion, a dance that was completely detached from the black, mask-like face" (6).
Every installation of these works is unique, as the uncontrollable, willowy mass of loose-jointed metal bits always arranges itself anew.
The film tells of WC Handy, the black band leader who introduced the world to blues after hearing a "lean, loose-jointed Negro" playing what he called "the weirdest music I had ever heard" on a railway station in rural Mississippi.
Mrs Minter found Zach was very loose-jointed and had a pelvic tilt, while some of the vertebrae at the base of his spine were out of alignment.
Sure, the best early-season player was Chuck Clustka, ``the loose-jointed forward with the sloping shoulders and sharpshooting eye.
But when he was recalled--some authors have had him dying in office--it was not just a result of factional housecleaning in Britain but of the ascendance, in England, of an imperial faction including the Earl of Halifax, who looked with jaundiced eye on the loose-jointed North American empire and blamed incumbent royal officials.
He makes friends with writer Bret Harte, is published in literary magazines, and in his developing "jocular, loose-jointed style of writing," admits to enjoying the view from his living quarters--"filtered through the bottom of a whiskey glass.
Skeletal features characteristic of the person with Marfan syndrome include: a very tall, slender, loose-jointed body with disproportionately long arms, legs and fingers, and often some scoliosis; a breastbone that protrudes (pigeon chest) or is concave; a long and narrow face, with a high roof of the mouth and crowded teeth; and an inversion of the ankles, especially the left one.