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[juhngk-cher] /ˈdʒʌŋk tʃər/
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.
  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.
  2. the point in a word or group of words at which such a pause or other junctural marker occurs.
Origin of juncture
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin junctūra, equivalent to junct(us) (see junction) + -ūra -ure
Can be confused
junction, juncture (see synonym study at junction)
1, 3. See junction. Unabridged
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  • In the formation of junctures or adhesions nature proceeds from beneath to above.

    Everyday Objects W. H. Davenport Adams
  • Only the solid small triangles at junctures and ends seem to be lacking.

    Mohave Pottery Alfred L. Kroeber
  • The junctures of the pipes to be connected, are made air tight, as mentioned already, by iron cement.

  • 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
  • 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
  • In certain instances where junctures arose, it is doubtful that any other could have met them with equal efficiency.

  • Undoubtedly there are junctures where momentary interest ceases and attention flags, and where reinforcement is needed.

  • The assumption of a corporate appearance is a very unfair trick: and there are junctures at which harm might be done by it.

British Dictionary definitions for junctures


a point in time, esp a critical one (often in the phrase at this juncture)
  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
a less common word for junction
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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junctures in Medicine

juncture junc·ture (jŭngk'chər)
The point, line, or surface of union of two parts.

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Idioms and Phrases with junctures


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