I'm sitting on a bench in a park and I see this car sitting in the middle of a side street. Well, it's not actually in the middle of the street, but like right at the spot where you're about to make a right/left turn out onto the main road. It's been sitting there for about half an hour now. It's not an intersection where the car is at, it's just a side street that's leading off from the main road. If I were to describe what I had seen to someone else, how do I say it without sounding too wordy? For example, instead of describing all that I've just did above, is there a single expression that can describe the position of the car at where it's sitting, like "The car have been sitting at the [...] for half an hour now without moving, there have been no cars coming out or else it would have gotten chased off".

Edit: actually I've found a similar image:

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  • Why isn't it an intersection? One road connects to another one, doesn't it?
    – tchrist
    Aug 18, 2013 at 1:01
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    Perhaps a small diagram would help. I'm not quite sure what you mean.
    – Kevin
    Aug 18, 2013 at 1:23
  • @Kevin I don't have access to my laptop now to use Paint, I'm on my iPad unfortunately :( but it's basically a "T" shape instead of a cross of the intersection.
    – Theo
    Aug 18, 2013 at 1:38

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In British English, the word you're looking for is junction.

junction noun
1 a point where two or more things are joined:
   the junction of the two rivers
a place where two or more roads or railway lines meet:
   the junction of Queen’s Road and Lancaster Avenue



The car has been sitting at the junction for half an hour without moving.

  • It's obviously not exactly Clapham Junction, then! :) Aug 18, 2013 at 0:15
  • I agree, but I thought that junction in BrE is equivalent to intersection in AmE, and OP says "It's not an intersection". Have I misunderstood the Q. or are junction & intersection not the same? Does intersection have to be a *crossroads?
    – TrevorD
    Aug 18, 2013 at 0:37
  • I think I have misunderstood the meaning of intersection. I have always thought that intersections are always two roads that cross each other and in my case since the side street didn't cross the main road I thought it's not an intersection, my mistake -.-"
    – Theo
    Aug 18, 2013 at 1:14
  • The one in the picture is a T-junction. Oct 12, 2015 at 18:31

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