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 the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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