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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Example sentences
All these above factors will certainly not be confluent at the same moment.
Two inventors recently patented devices that addressed these confluent dangers.
It is automatically and inevitably the result of all the confluent factors of a culture and a particular moment.
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