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.
a serious state of affairs; crisis:
The matter has reached a juncture and a decision must be made.
the line or point at which two bodies are joined; joint or articulation; seam.
the act of joining.
the state of being joined.
something by which two things are joined.
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.
1382, "place where two things are joined," from L. junctura "a joining, uniting, a joint," from junctus, pp. of jungere "to join" (see jugular). Sense of "point in time" first recorded 1656, probably from astrology.