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junc·ture

 (jŭngk′chər)
n.
1.
a. The act of joining or the condition of being joined.
b. A place where two things are joined; a junction or joint.
2. 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).
3. The transition or mode of transition from one sound to another in speech.

[Middle English, from Latin iūnctūra, from iūnctus, past participle of iungere, to join; see yeug- in Indo-European roots.]

juncture

(ˈdʒʌŋktʃə)
n
1. a point in time, esp a critical one (often in the phrase at this juncture)
2. (Phonetics & Phonology) linguistics
a. a pause in speech or a feature of pronunciation that introduces, accompanies, or replaces a pause
b. the set of phonological features signalling a division between words, such as those that distinguish a name from an aim
3. a less common word for junction

junc•ture

(ˈdʒʌŋk tʃər)

n.
1. a point of time, esp. one made critical by a concurrence of circumstances: At this juncture, we must decide whether to continue negotiations.
2. a serious state of affairs; crisis.
3. the line or point at which two bodies are joined; joint or articulation; seam.
4. an act of joining or the state of being joined.
5. something by which two things are joined.
6.
a. a transition between successive speech sounds or between a speech sound and silence, as at the boundary of a morpheme, word, or clause, marked by a break in articulatory continuity: Juncture distinguishes words such as night rateand nitrate.
b. the feature marking such a transition.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin junctūra]
junc′tur•al, adj.
syn: See junction.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.juncture - an event that occurs at a critical timejuncture - an event that occurs at a critical time; "at such junctures he always had an impulse to leave"; "it was needed only on special occasions"
happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent - an event that happens
climax, flood tide - the highest point of anything conceived of as growing or developing or unfolding; "the climax of the artist's career"; "in the flood tide of his success"
conjuncture - a critical combination of events or circumstances
crisis - a crucial stage or turning point in the course of something; "after the crisis the patient either dies or gets better"
turning point, landmark, watershed - an event marking a unique or important historical change of course or one on which important developments depend; "the agreement was a watershed in the history of both nations"
milestone - a significant event in your life (or in a project)
straits, pass, head - a difficult juncture; "a pretty pass"; "matters came to a head yesterday"
reality check - an occasion on which one is reminded of the nature of things in the real world; "this program is intended as a reality check for CEOs"; "after all those elaborate productions, I felt in need of a reality check"
2.juncture - a crisis situation or point in time when a critical decision must be made; "at that juncture he had no idea what to do"; "he must be made to realize that the company stands at a critical point"
crisis - an unstable situation of extreme danger or difficulty; "they went bankrupt during the economic crisis"
criticality - a critical state; especially the point at which a nuclear reaction is self-sustaining
3.juncture - the shape or manner in which things come together and a connection is madejuncture - the shape or manner in which things come together and a connection is made
esophagogastric junction, oesophagogastric junction - the junction between the esophagus and the stomach epithelium
connexion, link, connection - a connecting shape

juncture

juncture

noun
1. A point or position at which two or more things are joined:
2. A particular interval of time that is limited and often crucial:
3. A decisive point:
Translations
نُقْطَة إتِّصال
v té chvíli
punkttidspunkt
tímamót, aî svo komnu máli
tuo momentu
šādos apstākļosšajā brīdī
bu andabu aşamada

juncture

[ˈdʒʌŋktʃəʳ] N (fig) (= point) → coyuntura f
at this junctureen este momento, a estas alturas

juncture

[ˈdʒʌŋktʃər] n (= time) → moment m
at this juncture → à ce moment-là

juncture

n at this juncturezu diesem Zeitpunkt

juncture

[ˈdʒʌnktʃəʳ] n (fig) (critical point) → momento critico
at this juncture → in questo frangente

juncture

(ˈdʒaŋktʃə) : at this/that juncture
at this or that moment or point. At this juncture the chairman declared the meeting closed.

junc·ture

n. juntura; coyuntura.
References in classic literature ?
At some critical juncture the resemblance is found to be perfect.
Had you stepped on board the Pequod at a certain juncture of this post-mortemizing of the whale; and had you strolled forward nigh the windlass, pretty sure am I that you would have scanned with no small curiosity a very strange, enigmatical object, which you would have seen there, lying along lengthwise in the lee scuppers.
But at this juncture Judy Pineau appeared to say that Sara, with her usual luck, had a sore throat, and that her mother consequently would not permit her to come.
asked Professor Bumper, coming up at this juncture.
It was curious and not unpleasing, how Peleg and Bildad were affected at this juncture, especially Captain Bildad.
Whoever considers the populousness and strength of several of these States singly at the present juncture, and looks forward to what they will become, even at the distance of half a century, will at once dismiss as idle and visionary any scheme which aims at regulating their movements by laws to operate upon them in their collective capacities, and to be executed by a coercion applicable to them in the same capacities.
At that juncture a certain creasing in his greatcoat caught his ear.
This juncture had arrived, and the household was about to be established.
Being Thoroughly Educated, and knowing what is required of a cultured gentleman, at this juncture I stood upright and, placing my hand upon my bosom, made a very polite bow.
He looked at me as he concluded: and the flash of his dark eyes seemed to set my face on fire; greatly to my own discomfiture, for to evince confusion at such a juncture was intolerable.
But at this juncture, Mugridge, who had lifted his head and ascertained the extent of his loss, floundered over on the deck and buried his teeth in Wolf Larsen's leg.
This trick, a bad habit, the cracking of his fingers, always soothed him, and gave precision to his thoughts, so needful to him at this juncture.