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Juncture

/ˈjəNGkCHər/

Noun, pl. junctures

1. A place where things join, a junction (wiktionary.org); the shape or manner in which things come together and a connection is made (wordnetweb.princeton.edu).

2. A particular point in events or time. (wiktionary.org)

3. The set of features in speech that enable a hearer to detect a word or phrase boundary, e.g., distinguishing I scream from ice cream. (wiktionary.org)

Word origin: From Latin iunctura “a joining, uniting, a joint,” from iunctus, past participle of iungere “to join”

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