- a point of time, especially one made critical or important by a concurrence of circumstances: At this juncture, we must decide whether to stay or to walk out.
- a serious state of affairs; crisis: The matter has reached a juncture and a decision must be made.
- the line or point at which two bodies are joined; joint or articulation; seam.
- the act of joining.
- the state of being joined.
- something by which two things are joined.
- a pause or other phonological feature or modification of a feature, as the lengthening of a preceding phoneme or the strengthening of a following one, marking a transition or break between sounds, especially marking the phonological boundary of a word, clause, or sentence: it is present in such words as night-rate and re-seed and absent in such words as nitrate and recede.Compare close juncture, open juncture, terminal juncture.
- the point in a word or group of words at which such a pause or other junctural marker occurs.
Origin of juncture
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Examples from the Web for juncture
Logistics wins the day, and the Supreme Deity is, at this juncture, nowhere to be seen.Meet Moses the Swashbuckling Israelite
December 14, 2014
There was no social cachet associated with jazz at that juncture in American history—if anything, the contrary.Jazz (The Music of Coffee and Donuts) Has Respect, But It Needs Love
June 15, 2014
The correlation between tiredness and activity is not proven—at this juncture, anyway.Can Grandpa Kick Your Ass?
December 13, 2013
Though, amusingly, not necessarily at the juncture that she would most prefer.House of Cruz: the Making of Ted Cruz
November 1, 2013
Remember that “blaze” is in the treasure poem because Fenn hoped to throw people off at that juncture.Clues for Finding Forrest Fenn’s Buried Treasure, Part 2
March 3, 2013
Would it be wise to invade this home just at this juncture and introduce boarders?Ester Ried Yet Speaking
At this juncture comes an interruption; Tracey Tanner returns, hot-foot.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
At this juncture the brakes began to shriek and grind upon the wheels.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
At this juncture my brother arrived on his way back to Paris.
Profit by the present juncture, and do not let the chance slip.
- a point in time, esp a critical one (often in the phrase at this juncture)
- a pause in speech or a feature of pronunciation that introduces, accompanies, or replaces a pause
- the set of phonological features signalling a division between words, such as those that distinguish a name from an aim
- a less common word for junction
Word Origin and History for juncture
late 14c., "place where two things are joined," from Latin iunctura "a joining, uniting, a joint," from iunctus, past participle of iungere "to join" (see jugular). Sense of "point in time" first recorded 1650s, probably from astrology.
- The point, line, or surface of union of two parts.