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juncture (plural junctures)
- A place where things join, a junction.
- A critical moment in time.
- We're at a crucial juncture in our relationship.
- 1847, Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
- What a mercy you are shod with velvet, Jane! a clodhopping messenger would never do at this juncture.
- 1962 October, G. Freeman Allen, “The New Look in Scotland's Northern Division—II”, in Modern Railways, page 170:
- The object is to keep the yard operators apprised of main-line movements, so that they do not plan to occupy the main lines with activity into or out of the yard at an inopportune juncture.
- (linguistics) The manner of moving (transition) or mode of relationship between two consecutive sounds; a suprasegmental phonemic cue, by which a listener can distinguish between two otherwise identical sequences of sounds that have different meanings.
In highly formal or bureaucratic language, "at this juncture" is often used to mean “now”:
- I'm unable to ascertain its whereabouts at this juncture.
critical moment in time
manner of transition between two consecutive sounds