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juncture

[juhngk-cher]
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noun
  1. 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.
  2. a serious state of affairs; crisis: The matter has reached a juncture and a decision must be made.
  3. the line or point at which two bodies are joined; joint or articulation; seam.
  4. the act of joining.
  5. the state of being joined.
  6. something by which two things are joined.
  7. Phonetics.
    1. 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.
    2. the point in a word or group of words at which such a pause or other junctural marker occurs.
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Origin of juncture

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin junctūra, equivalent to junct(us) (see junction) + -ūra -ure
Can be confusedjunction juncture (see synonym study at junction)

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1, 3. See junction.
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British Dictionary definitions for juncture

juncture

noun
  1. a point in time, esp a critical one (often in the phrase at this juncture)
  2. linguistics
    1. a pause in speech or a feature of pronunciation that introduces, accompanies, or replaces a pause
    2. the set of phonological features signalling a division between words, such as those that distinguish a name from an aim
  3. a less common word for junction
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Word Origin and History for juncture

n.

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.

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juncture in Medicine

juncture

(jŭngkchər)
n.
  1. The point, line, or surface of union of two parts.
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Idioms and Phrases with juncture

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