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juncture

[juhngk-cher] /ˈdʒʌŋk tʃər/
noun
1.
a point of time, especially one made critical or important by a concurrence of circumstances:
At this juncture, we must decide whether to stay or to walk out.
2.
a serious state of affairs; crisis:
The matter has reached a juncture and a decision must be made.
3.
the line or point at which two bodies are joined; joint or articulation; seam.
4.
the act of joining.
5.
the state of being joined.
6.
something by which two things are joined.
7.
Phonetics.
  1. a pause or other phonological feature or modification of a feature, as the lengthening of a preceding phoneme or the strengthening of a following one, marking a transition or break between sounds, especially marking the phonological boundary of a word, clause, or sentence: it is present in such words as night-rate and re-seed and absent in such words as nitrate and recede.
  2. the point in a word or group of words at which such a pause or other junctural marker occurs.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin junctūra, equivalent to junct(us) (see junction) + -ūra -ure
Can be confused
junction, juncture (see synonym study at junction)
Synonyms
1, 3. See junction.
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  • The narrow, winding brick path allows one to wander around two ponds and over an arched stone bridge at the point of juncture.
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  • At this critical juncture I'd like to offer some relationship counseling.
  • At the most critical juncture in my career, I decided upon part-time work.
  • The news business is at a critical juncture.
  • At this juncture, no one can predict the victor.
  • Wireless costs have reached a critical juncture.
  • The conference comes at a critical juncture in the war.
  • And compassion is especially difficult at a critical juncture of the season.
  • At this juncture, my strongly held opinion is that there is no useful distinction between mental-physical, medical-mental health.
British Dictionary definitions for juncture

juncture

/ˈdʒʌŋktʃə/
noun
1.
a point in time, esp a critical one (often in the phrase at this juncture)
2.
(linguistics)
  1. a pause in speech or a feature of pronunciation that introduces, accompanies, or replaces a pause
  2. 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
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Word Origin and History for juncture
n.

late 14c., "place where two things are joined," from Latin iunctura "a joining, uniting, a joint," from iunctus, past participle of iungere "to join" (see jugular). Sense of "point in time" first recorded 1650s, probably from astrology.

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juncture in Medicine

juncture junc·ture (jŭngk'chər)
n.
The point, line, or surface of union of two parts.

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Idioms and Phrases with juncture

juncture

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