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From Latin iūnctiō (union, joining, uniting), from iungō (join, attach together).



junction (plural junctions)

  1. The act of joining, or the state of being joined.
  2. A place where two things meet, especially where two roads meet.
  3. The boundary between two physically different materials, especially between conductors, semiconductors, or metals.
  4. (nautical) The place where a distributary departs from the main stream.
  5. (radio, television) A point in time between two unrelated consecutive broadcasts.
    • 2007, Gary Hudson, Sarah Rowlands, The Broadcast Journalism Handbook (page 336)
      Even rolling news has junctions to meet - headlines on the hour or half-hour, or links to live events, for example.
    • 2010, Peter Stewart, Essential Radio Skills: How to Present a Radio Show
      Try to avoid becoming too predictable or repetitive, particularly at regular junctions.
  6. (computing, Microsoft Windows) A kind of symbolic link to a directory.


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