Definition of juncture in English:

juncture

noun

  • 1A particular point in events or time.

    ‘it is difficult to say at this juncture whether this upturn can be sustained’
    • ‘Brind seemed somewhat rattled by a few disputed calls at critical junctures of the match.’
    • ‘At this juncture you might be wondering about a couple of things.’
    • ‘But at critical junctures in the history of astronomy, there is generally an overabundance of ideas on how to move ahead.’
    • ‘‘We really are at a critical juncture at the moment,’ says Stewart.’
    • ‘Farm families face business decisions at critical junctures in their lives; each one has an emotional component that must be addressed.’
    • ‘We are at a critical juncture in the future of the EU.’
    • ‘It also comes at an interesting juncture as Turkey makes its bid to join the European Union.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So what does Friedman think the European Union should be doing at this juncture?’
    • ‘Clearly what was missing was experience and a more solid approach at critical junctures.’
    • ‘At this juncture, there is a desperate need for human contact.’
    • ‘State and local governments are thus at a critical juncture.’
    • ‘That limits students' freedom during one of the most critical junctures of their lives.’
    • ‘Britain's economy has come to a critical juncture.’
    • ‘On the other hand, to debate the appropriateness of a single currency union at this juncture may engender unintended results.’
    • ‘These events are examples of kernels - a critical juncture in the story.’
    • ‘Our nation is once again at a critical juncture.’
    point, point in time, time, moment, moment in time, stage
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    1. 1.1A place where things join.
      ‘the plane crashed at the juncture of two mountains’
      • ‘However, do not draw at the point where two veins join as there is a valve at these junctures.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The adjoining infrastructure is over 15 km long and includes a new road linking the existing roads with the bridge and road junctures.’
      • ‘After about a kilometer of corridor, they came to a large juncture where the passage intersected ramps leading both up and down.’
    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.

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

juncture

/ˈjəNG(k)CHər/