from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A flowing together of two or more streams.
- n. The point of juncture of such streams.
- n. The combined stream formed by this juncture.
- n. A gathering, flowing, or meeting together at one juncture or point: "A confluence of negative events conspired to bring down bond prices” ( Michael Gonzalez).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The place where two rivers, streams, or other continuously flowing bodies of water meet and become one, especially where a tributary joins a river.
- n. The act of combining which occurs at the place where rivers and the like meet.
- n. A convergence or combination of forces, people, or things.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of flowing together; the meeting or junction of two or more streams; the place of meeting.
- n. Any running together of separate streams or currents; the act of meeting and crowding in a place; hence, a crowd; a concourse; an assemblage.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A flowing together; specifically, the meeting or junction of two or more streams of water or other fluids; also, the place of meeting: as, the confluence of the Ohio and the Mississippi: often used figuratively.
- n. A running together of people; an assemblage; a throng; a concourse.
- n. In philoh., the tending toward accordance, or the becoming similar or accordant in form: said of words.
- n. In psychology, the mutual assimilation of mental processes set up by adjacent stimuli: opposed to contrast.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a place where things merge or flow together (especially rivers)
- n. a coming together of people
- n. a flowing together
Borrowed from Late Latin confluentia, con- + fluere (Wiktionary)