junction

noun
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

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If not well defended, these junctions could allow operatives to tunnel under the moat and pop up inside the castle walls. Rebecca Smith And Rob Barry, WSJ, "America’s Electric Grid Has a Vulnerable Back Door—and Russia Walked Through It," 10 Jan. 2019 Van Deren Cabin hike Length: 3.6 miles out and back, or backtrack to the junction and follow Chuckwagon for a 5.2-mile loop. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Sedona hike ends at historic cabin from a Hollywood Western movie," 9 May 2018 Turn left and drive (parking on right) 0.2 of a mile to junction with Clarendon (more parking) and trailhead on right. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Sunday getaway to Mori Point," 28 Jan. 2018 Thousands of mourners gathered at the city's Sarallah Mosque on the Taleghani junction, carrying caskets in the sweltering heat. Fox News, "Iran holds funerals for victims of terror attack in Ahvaz," 24 Sep. 2018 One tiny passageway, Sam Yak, or T-junction, is considered the most dangerous part of the mission, where divers have to navigate a sharp turn in the passage one by one and remove oxygen tanks to pass. Robyn Dixon, latimes.com, "Divers rescue more boys from flooded Thailand cave, raising total saved to eight, while four boys and coach remain trapped," 9 July 2018 Stay left at the junction, heading northwest toward the ocean. OregonLive.com, "The Thumb is stunning coastal hike in Lincoln City," 28 Jan. 2018 Above the cells is another aluminum cover, then the battery junction box at the front, and another set of three more battery modules at the rear. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "We’ve driven Audi’s first proper electric car, the 2019 e-tron SUV," 7 Dec. 2018 In the time since, authorities have welded slanted roofs over such junction boxes to stop women from carrying out similar protests. Jon Gambrell, Fox News, "Iran's politicians under pressure, 40 years after revolution," 24 Sep. 2018

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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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junction

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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

junction

noun
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

junction

noun
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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