- 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 junctures
It could have been defused and de-escalated at any number of junctures.Wait - A Judge Can Fire a Mayor?
November 27, 2012
He defers to the law at all junctures, just as Emmett King used to when he read to his family from the Iowa code books.The New King of Congress
November 28, 2010
Only the solid small triangles at junctures and ends seem to be lacking.Mohave Pottery
Alfred L. Kroeber
These junctures are so slight that they break readily when a specimen of a gill is handled, leaving the filaments free.The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide
Augusta Foote Arnold
The junctures are so arranged that the alternate ones come together at one side.Things a Boy Should Know About Electricity
Thomas M. (Thomas Matthew) St. John
In the formation of junctures or adhesions nature proceeds from beneath to above.Everyday Objects
W. H. Davenport Adams
In certain instances where junctures arose, it is doubtful that any other could have met them with equal efficiency.Makers and Romance of Alabama History
B. F. Riley
- 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 junctures
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.