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 How to pronounce junctional (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ 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 USA TODAY USA Basketball – at least the men’s senior national team – is at another critical junction. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "What went wrong? What's next? Burning questions for USA Basketball ahead of Olympics," 13 Sep. 2019 Watch for tiny bike trail signs placed at junctions to stay on track. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Sycamore Canyon hike has dramatic views, but don't venture over the edge unprepared," 11 Sep. 2019 The bypass will replace a 112-year-old rail junction that carries about 150,000 riders every weekday. Mary Wisniewski, chicagotribune.com, "Work on CTA’s Red-Purple Line modernization project to start this fall," 27 Aug. 2019 The Avon Senior Center is located at 635 West Avon Road, at the junction of Sycamore and Scoville Roads, at the Sycamore Hills Recreation Center. courant.com, "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 9 Sep. 2019 Westbound I-70 closed late in the afternoon at the bottom of Floyd Hill, at the junction of U.S. 6, CDOT said. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Severe storm brings flash flooding to south metro Denver, hail in the foothills, mudslide along I-70," 7 Sep. 2019 Pathology was a hard-to-recruit specialty, and one vital to serving a growing population of veterans retiring to the mountains at the junction of northwest Arkansas, eastern Oklahoma and southwest Missouri, known as the Ozarks. Anchorage Daily News, "How Veterans Affairs failed to stop a pathologist who misdiagnosed 3,000 cases," 30 Aug. 2019 Erland officials note that the park, located at the junction of Interstate 93 and River Road and near to Interstate 495 and Route 128, offers convenient access to southern New Hampshire and Boston. John Laidler, BostonGlobe.com, "New building adds amenities to Andover office park," 30 July 2019 Firefighters rushed around 2:43 pm. to contain the fire, which began along the freeway at the junction of Interstate 680 and state Highway 4, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District spokesman Steve Hill said. Dylan Bouscher, The Mercury News, "Customers affected by I-680/Hwy. 4 interchange mini storage fire still being notified," 17 July 2019

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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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20 Oct 2019

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The first known use of junction was in 1711

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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 junctional (audio) \ adjective

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