Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of joining or the condition of being joined.
  • n. A place where two things are joined; a junction or joint.
  • n. A point in time, especially a critical point. See Synonyms at crisis.
  • n. The transition or mode of transition from one sound to another in speech.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a place where things join, a junction
  • n. a critical moment in time

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A joining; a union; an alliance.
  • n. The line or point at which two bodies are joined; a joint; an articulation; a seam.
  • n. A point of time; esp., one made critical or important by a concurrence of circumstances; hence, a crisis; an exigency.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A joining; junction.
  • n. The line or point at which two bodies are joined; a joint or articulation; a seam.
  • n. A point of time; particularly, a time rendered critical or important by a concurrence of circumstances; a conjuncture.
  • n. In geometry, either the instantaneous union of a collection of objects which are just moving in coincidence of place, thereafter to be for some lapse of time one object, or the instantaneous loss of one or more dimensions by the gradual shrinkage of a body, this smaller dimensionality lasting through a period of time.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a crisis situation or point in time when a critical decision must be made
  • n. the shape or manner in which things come together and a connection is made
  • n. an event that occurs at a critical time

Etymologies

Middle English, from Latin iūnctūra, from iūnctus, past participle of iungere, to join; see yeug- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin iūnctūra. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • [Warburton explained this as "the critical juncture"] How the _critical juncture_ is the _spy o 'the time_ I know not, but I think my own conjecture right.

    Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies

  • Hale Encyclopaedia Britannica Robert A. Fowkes New York University Juncture: Where It Sat Many linguists have, with or without a surgeon's license, operated in the past with the term juncture; at present such linguists appear to have a dim future.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol VI No 2

  • Anyone who thinks that removing Mr. Cameron at this juncture is the answer to the present drop in the polls and the sudden outbreak of critical coverage is, I believe, wrong.

    What now for Cameroonism?

  • One concern I should mention at this juncture is the need for recognition that there are certain hazards associated with getting involved in unfamiliar business or financial territory.

    International Financial Markets after the U.S. Elections

  • If the juncture is as I have drawn it, it brings Gibeon, Nob, and Mizpah all down too close to Jerusalem on the

    The Romance of Isabel, Lady Burton

  • Last week's wild action in the stock market has put the market at a critical short term juncture so I also wanted to update my current analysis of the market internals.

    Forbes.com: News

  • Dropping out of the discussion at this juncture is simply unacceptable.

    Michael Wotorson: Voting for Education and a Stronger Democracy

  • This time the snare of participial juncture is smoothly mutual and binding, rather than viscous and thickening — as in

    Phonemanography: Romantic to Victorian

  • I reserve the right to change my mind, but Miers 'biggest sin, at this early juncture, is her allegiance to Bush.

    10/03/2005

  • Needless to say, the trust reposed on you at this juncture is enormous.

    The Sudden Curve:

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