junction

noun

junc·​tion ˈjəŋ(k)-shən How to pronounce junction (audio)
1
: an act of joining : the state of being joined
2
a
: 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
junctional
ˈjəŋ(k)-sh(ə-)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 Some viewers may grow impatient waiting for the inevitable junction where their paths cross or wish for more scenes of them together. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Feb. 2024 Israel won the game 87-57. 13d ago / 5:37 AM PST Protesters arrested by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank Max Butterworth Israeli security forces arrest activists during a protest against Israel’s ongoing war in Gaza, at a junction leading to Jericho city in the occupied West Bank today. NBC News, 10 Feb. 2024 Botulism is a disease of the neuromuscular junction that causes irritability, constipation, autonomic disturbances such as high blood pressure and fast heart rate, a weak cry, drooping eyelids, poor feeding, lethargy, weakness, and respiratory difficulties. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 24 Jan. 2024 Take Reno Bottoms, for example — a tranquil wildlife area spanning thousands of acres of Mississippi River backwaters at the junction of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. Journal Sentinel, 10 Jan. 2024 Ryan also suffered a fracture in her sacrum, at the junction where the spine connects to the pelvis, said another one of her surgeons, Andrew Mo. Ian Shapira, Washington Post, 29 Dec. 2023 In the San Gabriel Mountains, the Angeles Crest Highway was closed in two stretches: from Mount Wilson Road to just west of Upper Big Tujunga River, and from the State Route 39 junction to Big Pines Highway. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 6 Feb. 2024 In operation, the device uses a low-voltage, high speed GaN transistor to control a high-voltage SiC junction field-effect transistor (JFET). IEEE Spectrum, 16 Jan. 2024 The pilot site, which is located two minutes from motorway junction A60/A61, has been equipped with six 300 kW DC fast-charging stations and four 22 kW AC charging points. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 31 July 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1711, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of junction was in 1711

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Cite this Entry

“Junction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/junction. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

junction

noun
junc·​tion ˈjəŋ(k)-shən How to pronounce junction (audio)
1
: an act of joining : the state of being joined
2
: a place or point of meeting
a railroad junction

Medical Definition

junction

noun
junc·​tion ˈjəŋ(k)-shən How to pronounce junction (audio)
: a place or point of meeting
the structure of the synaptic junction as revealed by electron microscopy
see neuromuscular junction
junctional adjective

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