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 junctional (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 The new junction will be at a site with clear views from all directions, have room for a left-turn lane, will add signs and will widen the shoulder to allow safer right turns. Lee Davidson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "New road may end ‘best kept secret’ tag for Moonshine Arch near Vernal," 13 Nov. 2020 With fMRI, researchers have identified distinct patterns of activity in brain areas such as the temporoparietal junction—associated with a sense of agency—in those with FND, compared with those asked to mimic the same symptoms. Diana Kwon, Scientific American, "Decoding a Disorder at the Interface of Mind and Brain," 1 Nov. 2020 In 1939, a Howard Johnson’s restaurant opened at the junction. Washington Post, "Circular logic: There’s no ‘Scout’ for Fairfax’s Scout on the Circle," 24 Oct. 2020 South of Egypt, north of Ethiopia and bordering the Red Sea, Sudan sits at a junction between the Middle East and northern and sub-Saharan Africa. Nicholas Bariyo, WSJ, "Israel-Sudan Deal: What Does the Pact Mean, and Why Now?," 23 Oct. 2020 That road, also known as Oregon 242, is closed for roughly 30 miles from the junction with Belknap Springs to just west of Sisters. oregonlive, "’Hundreds of thousands of trees’ need to be removed from OR-22, nearly 300 miles of state highway closed indefinitely," 16 Sep. 2020 Continue past the junction with the Wilson River Trail to continue up to the Kings Mountain Summit. oregonlive, "Hiking through the Tillamook Burn: An Oregon forest recovers, decades after devastating fires," 14 Oct. 2020 Woodvale Union Cemetery, located at the junction of Fowles and Engle Roads in Middleburg Heights, is just that kind of place. Rich Heileman, cleveland, "Local history abounds on Woodvale walking tour: Around The Town," 9 Oct. 2020 Getting there: From the State Route 169/69 junction in Dewey-Humboldt, go 1 mile north on SR 69 to the next stop light and turn left on Kachina Place. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona hike: Great views and a workout on Red Mountain Trail near Prescott," 2 Oct. 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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18 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Junction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/junction. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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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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