Definitions

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

Etymologies

Borrowed from Late Latin confluentia, con- + fluere (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I watch myself in the mirror, and I hear the word confluence.

    Anything But Typical

  • He also bewailed the fact that he had been born at what he called the confluence of Hugo and Balzac.

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  • This fact is so important that we learned the English word 'confluence' in the 6th grade.

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  • 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.

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  • I would also like to think this confluence is based upon “real” substance, but sometimes I think it is just silly, too.

    Matthew Yglesias » Richard Rorty

  • Giambrone himself calls the confluence of factors "a perfect storm."

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • There is a summit in the park called the confluence of Shashe.

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  • Simple word, but I like the sound and the meaning of it.

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