- 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.
- junction transistor,
- junctional epithelium,
- june bug,
- june grass,
Origin of juncture
Examples from the Web for junctures
It could have been defused and de-escalated at any number of junctures.
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.
Only the solid small triangles at junctures and ends seem to be lacking.Mohave Pottery|Alfred L. Kroeber
In the formation of junctures or adhesions nature proceeds from beneath to above.Everyday Objects|W. H. Davenport Adams
The junctures of the pipes to be connected, are made air tight, as mentioned already, by iron cement.A Practical Treatise on Gas-light|Fredrick Accum
According to St Pauls physiology, the bands knit the body together, but the junctures are its means of supply.The Expositor's Bible: Ephesians|G. G. Findlay
The assumption of a corporate appearance is a very unfair trick: and there are junctures at which harm might be done by it.A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume I (of II)|Augustus De Morgan
- 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
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.
see at this point (juncture).