Definition of juncture in US English:



  • 1A particular point in events or time.

    ‘it is difficult to say at this juncture whether this upturn can be sustained’
    • ‘State and local governments are thus at a critical juncture.’
    • ‘‘We really are at a critical juncture at the moment,’ says Stewart.’
    • ‘It also comes at an interesting juncture as Turkey makes its bid to join the European Union.’
    • ‘I've seen other senators say that the most important speech perhaps at this juncture will be the one that is made by the loser rather than the winner.’
    • ‘Our affair is approaching a critical juncture.’
    • ‘And so I am at that juncture where I entertain the idea of a second career.’
    • ‘But at critical junctures in the post-war period, for various strategic and or economic reasons, national leaders opted for greater integration.’
    • ‘So what does Friedman think the European Union should be doing at this juncture?’
    • ‘Farm families face business decisions at critical junctures in their lives; each one has an emotional component that must be addressed.’
    • ‘But at critical junctures in the history of astronomy, there is generally an overabundance of ideas on how to move ahead.’
    • ‘At this juncture you might be wondering about a couple of things.’
    • ‘Our nation is once again at a critical juncture.’
    • ‘Clearly what was missing was experience and a more solid approach at critical junctures.’
    • ‘We are at a critical juncture in the future of the EU.’
    • ‘At this juncture, there is a desperate need for human contact.’
    • ‘Brind seemed somewhat rattled by a few disputed calls at critical junctures of the match.’
    • ‘Britain's economy has come to a critical juncture.’
    • ‘That limits students' freedom during one of the most critical junctures of their lives.’
    • ‘These events are examples of kernels - a critical juncture in the story.’
    • ‘On the other hand, to debate the appropriateness of a single currency union at this juncture may engender unintended results.’
    point, point in time, time, moment, moment in time, stage
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    1. 1.1 A place where things join.
      ‘the plane crashed at the juncture of two mountains’
      • ‘After about a kilometer of corridor, they came to a large juncture where the passage intersected ramps leading both up and down.’
      • ‘These junctures are analogous to the contacts occurring in an annular solar eclipse, except that now the dark object is much smaller than the Moon.’
      • ‘However, do not draw at the point where two veins join as there is a valve at these junctures.’
      • ‘The adjoining infrastructure is over 15 km long and includes a new road linking the existing roads with the bridge and road junctures.’
      • ‘The repair works on Eagles Bridge juncture and the section connecting it to three other main city arteries caused hellish traffic jams during the week.’
      confluence, convergence, meeting, meeting point, conflux, junction, watersmeet
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    2. 1.2Phonetics The set of features in speech that enable a hearer to detect a word or phrase boundary, e.g., distinguishing I scream from ice cream.


Late Middle English (in the sense ‘act of joining’): from Latin junctura, ‘joint’, from jungere ‘to join’.