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


  • IPA(key): /ˈdʒʌŋkʃən/
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  • Rhymes: -ʌŋkʃən


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. (rail transport) A place where two or more railways or railroads meet.
  6. (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.
  7. (computing, Microsoft Windows) A kind of symbolic link to a directory.


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junction (third-person singular simple present junctions, present participle junctioning, simple past and past participle junctioned)

  1. (of roads or tracks) to form a junction