confluence

[kon-floo-uhns]
noun
1.
a flowing together of two or more streams, rivers, or the like: the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers.
2.
their place of junction: St. Louis is at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers.
3.
a body of water formed by the flowing together of two or more streams, rivers, or the like.
4.
a coming together of people or things; concourse.
5.
a crowd or throng; assemblage.
Also, conflux [kon-fluhks] .


Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Late Latin confluentia; see confluent, -ence


4. union, joining, meeting.
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confluence or conflux (ˈkɒnflʊəns, ˈkɒnflʌks)
 
n
1.  a merging or flowing together, esp of rivers
2.  a gathering together, esp of people
 
conflux or conflux
 
n

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Main Entry:  confluence1
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  flowing or running together; junction
Etymology:  Latin confluentia 'act of flowing together'
Main Entry:  confluence2
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  the junction where two rivers, streams, etc. flow together
Etymology:  Latin confluentia 'act of flowing together'
Main Entry:  confluence3
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a flocking or assemblage of a multitude in one place; a large collection or assemblage; concourse
Etymology:  Latin confluentia 'act of flowing together'
Main Entry:  confluence4
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a growing together; concrescence
Etymology:  Latin confluentia 'act of flowing together'
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confluence
mid-15c., from L.L. confluentia, from L. confluentem (nom. confluens), prp. of confluere "to flow together," from com- "together" + fluere "to flow."
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confluence con·flu·ence (kŏn'flōō-əns)
n.
A flowing or meeting together; a joining.

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confluence   (kŏn'fl-əns)  Pronunciation Key 
  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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Example sentences
His sacred remains were carried by the hands of saints, and accompanied by an
  incredible confluence of people.
Our talent for unconscious entrainment lies at the core of dance, a confluence
  of movement, rhythm and gestural representation.
There is no great conspiracy at work but simply a confluence of individual
  self-interests.
What we're seeing is the confluence of two challenges that are both economic
  and political in nature.
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