The juncture between two streets.
- An example of juncture is a time when a problem becomes known.
- An example of juncture is the corner of a street where two streets meet.
- a joining or being joined
- a point or line of joining or connection; joint, as of two bones, or seam
- a point of time
- a particular or critical moment in the development of events; crisis
- a state of affairs
- Linguis. the transition from one speech sound to the next, either within a word, as between (t) and (r) in nitrate (close juncture), or marking the boundaries between words, as between (t) and (r) in night rate (open juncture)
Origin of junctureClassical Latin junctura ; from jungere, to join
- a. The act of joining or the condition of being joined.b. A place where two things are joined; a junction or joint.
- A point in time, especially one requiring a decision to be made: “Is this the appropriate juncture to speak the truth in that frank and candid way?” (Elinor Lipman).
- The transition or mode of transition from one sound to another in speech.
Origin of junctureMiddle English, from Latin i&umacron;nct&umacron;ra, from i&umacron;nctus, past participle of iungere, to join; see yeug- in Indo-European roots.
- A place where things join, a junction.
- A critical moment in time.
- We're at a crucial juncture in our relationship.
- (linguistics) The manner of moving (transition) or mode of relationship between two consecutive sounds; a suprasegmental phonemic cue, by which a listener can distinguish between two otherwise identical sequences of sounds that have different meanings.
In highly formal or bureaucratic language, "at this juncture" is often used as a fancy way of saying "now".
- I'm unable to ascertain its whereabouts at this juncture.
From Latin iūnctūra.