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.
The definition of juncture is a specific point in time or a place where two things 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 iūnctūra from iūnctus 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.