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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Travel was still not advised on a stretch of the Sterling Highway between Sterling and the Seward Highway junction, said Bud Sexton, a spokesman with the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Rain is in the forecast for Southcentral Alaska, but not enough to put out wildfires," 30 Aug. 2019 Veer left here and continue 0.3 miles to Duck Pond and the junction for the Arizona Trail Passage 33. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Everything's connected: Flagstaff's urban trails lead to Arizona Trail, national forest," 28 Aug. 2019 But with new defense coordinator Alex Grinch, the defense will again struggle to get key stops at crucial junctions. Scooby Axson, SI.com, "Preseason Power Rankings: The Hype vs. the Reality for 2019's Top Teams," 19 Aug. 2019 There's also the Zang Boulevard, Beckley Avenue and Eldorado Avenue junction near Lake Cliff Park (fourth row, far right). Dan Singer, Dallas News, "Dallas' most infamous intersections get a gorgeous tribute in this new piece of wall art," 13 Aug. 2019 The occasional roundabout regulates busier junctions. The Economist, "Looking for a 5G signal? Try this remote Scottish island," 8 Aug. 2019 The crash happened at 2:35 p.m. Wednesday on Interstate 59 northbound between Chalkville Mountain Road and the I-459 junction. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "21-year-old killed in rollover crash on Interstate 59 in Trussville," 8 Aug. 2019 In court documents, the plaintiffs alleged that Herrera and CDM Smith designed a sewer line and junction between two pipes that weren’t sound and used materials that weren’t approved for such projects. Josh Baugh, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio Water System board approves Quintana Road sinkhole settlement; victims set to receive multimillion-dollar payout," 6 Aug. 2019 Interstate 680 between Scott Creek Road in Milpitas and the 101-280 junction is on the list, as is I-680 from Sunol to Dublin. Gary Richards, The Mercury News, "Biggest paving plans in decades underway across the Bay Area," 4 Aug. 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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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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