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
I watch myself in the mirror, and I hear the word confluence.
He also bewailed the fact that he had been born at what he called the confluence of Hugo and Balzac.
This fact is so important that we learned the English word 'confluence' in the 6th grade.
That these trends and practices coexisted with things that seem so quaint and archaic now — carriages, calling cards, balls, gas lights, aristocratic entitlement, rigid ideas of morality, a sense of the world as a map full of blank spaces, unknown wonders and dangers — that confluence is fascinating to me.
I would also like to think this confluence is based upon “real” substance, but sometimes I think it is just silly, too.
Giambrone himself calls the confluence of factors "a perfect storm."
And at that confluence is a vehement and open hatred of what I will call “American Otherness” — in essence, if you do not look anywheres like the powder-wigged, silk legging-ed founding fathers in the old image of the signing of The Declaration Of Independence, your rights — and any authority you may have through an Alger-esque climb through the ranks, or election to office by the people can simply be denied by those who do resemble our rouge-cheeked founding fathers.
I think I’m doubly stung because, in confluence with the hype train, they influenced my decision to go out and spend my hard earned dollars on the game.
Here's a perfect example of this process, from page 7 of John McPhee's Coming Into the Country: The Kitlik, narrow, and clear as the Salmon, rushes in white to the larger river, and at the confluence is a pool that could be measured in fathoms.
There is a summit in the park called the confluence of Shashe.