juncture: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: ( jungk'chur), [key]
- a point of time, esp. 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, esp. 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. Cf. close juncture, open juncture, terminal juncture.
- the point in a word or group of words at which such a pause or other junctural marker occurs.
- juncture (Thesaurus)