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

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 The trucks deliver the organics to Blossom Valley Organics South, a 485-acre composting facility in Lamont, just east of the junction of Interstate 5 and State Route 99. James Rainey, Los Angeles Times, 18 Aug. 2022 An increasingly popular but peculiar intersection design called a diverging diamond has been constructed at the junction of I-4 and County Road 532 in Osceola County just east of the golfing and vacation community of ChampionsGate. Kevin Spear, Orlando Sentinel, 8 July 2022 Friday, the Audubon Society received a call from a father who had lost his son near the summit of Bald Mountain in the Monadnock Region, last seeing him at 1 p.m. near the junction of the Tamposi and Spur trails, the statement said. BostonGlobe.com, 6 Sep. 2022 Continue north on Stirrup for another 0.7 miles and pick up the loop at its north junction. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 16 Feb. 2022 To find the Soapstone Trailhead, take Oregon 53 south from its junction with U.S. 26, found about nine miles east of U.S. 101. oregonlive, 29 Jan. 2022 The start of the Goat Trail is well worn and easy to see at this junction. Flip Putthoff, Arkansas Online, 21 Dec. 2021 Hustle, which is currently in post-production, is produced by Happy Madison Productions in junction with LeBron James' The SpringHill Company and Roth/Kirschenbaum Films. Abigail Adams, PEOPLE.com, 1 Sep. 2021 In November 2019 some one thousand young pro-democracy protesters occupied the campus of Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University, which is located at a crucial junction of two highways and the cross-harbor tunnel. Ian Johnson, The New York Review of Books, 3 Aug. 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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2 Oct 2022

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“Junction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/junction. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for junction

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 junction (audio) \ adjective

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