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[kon-floo-uh ns] /ˈkɒn flu əns/
a flowing together of two or more streams, rivers, or the like:
the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers.
their place of junction:
St. Louis is at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers.
a body of water formed by the flowing together of two or more streams, rivers, or the like.
a coming together of people or things; concourse.
a crowd or throng; assemblage.
Also, conflux
[kon-fluhks] /ˈkɒn flʌks/ (Show IPA)
Origin of confluence
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Late Latin confluentia; see confluent, -ence
4. union, joining, meeting. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for confluence


a merging or flowing together, esp of rivers
a gathering together, esp of people
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Contemporary definitions for confluence

a growing together; concrescence

Word Origin

Latin confluentia 'act of flowing together''s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for confluence

early 15c., from Late Latin confluentia, from Latin confluentem (nominative confluens), present participle of confluere "to flow together," from com- "together" (see com-) + fluere "to flow" (see fluent).

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confluence in Medicine

confluence con·flu·ence (kŏn'flōō-əns)
A flowing or meeting together; a joining.

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confluence in Science
  1. A flowing together of two or more streams or two or more glaciers.

  2. The point of juncture of such streams or glaciers.

  3. The combined stream or glacier formed by this juncture.

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