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

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 Cross a dirt road and veer left to continue another 0.3 miles on Outer Limits to the Bottom Out junction. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 31 Mar. 2022 The incident forced a road closure at the junction of state routes 387 and 87, about 15 minutes northwest of Coolidge. Brock Blasdell, The Arizona Republic, 27 Apr. 2022 At the 2-mile point, the road meets a junction with FR 1582. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 29 Oct. 2020 It is known for science, art and industry, but also for its location at the junction of three rivers, several major highways and a network of rail lines. Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2022 Do this simple home purification, preferably at the junction between seasons. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 23 Feb. 2022 Multiple trails connect with Loma Verde but signs at every junction keep me on the right path. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 2 Feb. 2022 Those in search of a shorter adventure can instead branch off to the right at the first major junction and explore two smaller trails to the west, including an uphill path that leads to a fantastic volcano view. oregonlive, 28 Jan. 2022 The athletic department policies continue to be made in junction with IU Chief Medical Officer Aaron Carroll who had led the school’s pandemic response. Matt Cohen, The Indianapolis Star, 16 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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11 May 2022

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“Junction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/junction. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for junction


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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