confluent

[kon-floo-uhnt]
adjective
1.
flowing or running together; blending into one: confluent rivers; confluent ideas.
2.
Pathology.
a.
running together: confluent efflorescences.
b.
characterized by confluent efflorescences: confluent smallpox.
noun
3.
one of two or more confluent streams.
4.
a tributary stream.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin confluent- (stem of confluēns, present participle of confluere to flow together), equivalent to con- con- + flu- (stem of fluere to flow) + -ent- -ent; see fluent, fluid

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confluent (ˈkɒnflʊənt)
 
adj
1.  flowing together or merging
 
n
2.  a stream that flows into another, usually of approximately equal size
 
[C17: from Latin confluēns, from confluere to flow together, from fluere to flow]

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confluent
1610s, from L. confluentem, prp. of confluere (see confluence). The noun meaning "a stream which flows into another" is from 1850.
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confluent con·flu·ent (kŏn'flōō-ənt)
adj.

  1. Flowing together; blended into one.

  2. Merging or running together so as to form a mass, as sores in a rash.

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