junc·​tion | \ ˈjəŋ(k)-shən How to pronounce junction (audio) \

Definition of junction

1 : an act of joining : the state of being joined
2a : a place or point of meeting
b : an intersection of roads especially where one terminates
c : a point (as in a thermocouple) at which dissimilar metals make contact
d : an interface in a semiconductor device between regions with different electrical characteristics
3 : something that joins

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Other Words from junction

junctional \ ˈjəŋ(k)-​shnəl , -​shə-​nᵊl How to pronounce junction (audio) \ adjective

Examples of junction in a Sentence

a junction of nerves and muscle the junction of Route 12 and Route 87
Recent Examples on the Web Columns of people extended to the horizon near a traffic junction and a pagoda in Yangon, the largest city in Myanmar, and at the railway station in Mandalay, the second-largest city. New York Times, "Myanmar’s Protests Are Growing, Defying Threats and Snipers," 22 Feb. 2021 It should be planted high; that is, the root and stem junction should be 1 to 2 inches above the soil surface. oregonlive, "Ask an expert: Is soggy soil the cause of yellowing daphne?," 21 Feb. 2021 The Eagle Creek Trail runs a full 13.1 miles one way, from the main trailhead to a junction with the Pacific Crest Trail at Wahtum Lake. oregonlive, "Hikers return to Eagle Creek Trail, as one of Oregon’s best hikes reopens after fire," 9 Jan. 2021 The woman was walking along the west curb on Camino Del Rio West, north of the junction of Sports Arena Boulevard and Rosecrans Street, about 3 a.m. when she was hit. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Woman badly hurt in hit-and-run crash in Midway District," 6 Dec. 2020 Detroit Institute of Bagels, Detroit Corktown bagel and coffee junction Detroit Institute of Bagels at 1236 Michigan Ave. Nushrat Rahman, Detroit Free Press, "Here are some metro Detroit businesses that closed in 2020," 28 Dec. 2020 The junction, formerly known as the Circle Interchange, has been rated as the biggest bottleneck for truck drivers in the nation by the Federal Highway Administration. Robert Channick, chicagotribune.com, "Final four ramps to open as Jane Byrne Interchange construction shifts to mainline Kennedy and Dan Ryan," 11 Dec. 2020 As part of the improvements at the Route 28 interchange — the corridor’s busiest junction after the Beltway — four traffic signals between Westfields Boulevard and Route 29 in Centreville were removed to help reduce traffic backups. Washington Post, "I-66 is expanding amid a pandemic, and toll lanes are two years away. Commuters already are seeing the changes.," 5 Dec. 2020 His son said his father’s early research elucidated the mechanisms of myasthenia gravis, a neuromuscular disorder, and developed instrumentation and techniques for studying the neuromuscular junction. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, "Dr. Richard J. Johns, Johns Hopkins biomedical engineer, dies," 4 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of junction

1711, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for junction

Latin junction-, junctio, from jungere to join — more at yoke

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The first known use of junction was in 1711

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28 Feb 2021

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“Junction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/junction. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of junction

: a place where two things join
: a place where roads or railroad lines come together
British : a road or ramp that you use when getting off a highway


junc·​tion | \ ˈjəŋk-shən How to pronounce junction (audio) \

Kids Definition of junction

1 : a place or point where two or more things meet
2 : an act of joining


junc·​tion | \ ˈjəŋ(k)-shən How to pronounce junction (audio) \

Medical Definition of junction

: a place or point of meeting the structure of the synaptic junction as revealed by electron microscopy — see neuromuscular junction

Other Words from junction

junctional \ -​shnəl, -​shən-​ᵊl How to pronounce junction (audio) \ adjective

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