coalesce

[koh-uh-les]
verb (used without object), coalesced, coalescing.
1.
to grow together or into one body: The two lakes coalesced into one.
2.
to unite so as to form one mass, community, etc.: The various groups coalesced into a crowd.
3.
to blend or come together: Their ideas coalesced into one theory.
verb (used with object), coalesced, coalescing.
4.
to cause to unite in one body or mass.

Origin:
1535–45; < Latin coalēscere, equivalent to co- co- + al- (stem of alere to nourish, make grow) + -ēscere -esce

coalescence, noun
coalescent, adjective
noncoalescence, noun
noncoalescent, adjective
noncoalescing, adjective
uncoalescent, adjective


1, 2. unite, combine, join. 2. amalgamate, fuse, blend, merge.
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coalesce (ˌkəʊəˈlɛs)
 
vb
(intr) to unite or come together in one body or mass; merge; fuse; blend
 
[C16: from Latin coalēscere from co- + alēscere to increase, from alere to nourish]
 
coa'lescence
 
n
 
coa'lescent
 
adj

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coalesce
1540s, from L. coalescere, from com- "together" + alescere "to grow up" (see adolescent).
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coalescence co·a·les·cence (kō'ə-lěs'əns)
n.
See concrescence.

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It is probably formed by the coalescence of two ganglia corresponding to the fifth and sixth cervical nerves.
We particularly focused on coalescence, which is a process by which two drops merge to form a larger drop.
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