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confluence

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noun con·flu·ence \ˈkän-ˌflü-ən(t)s, kən-ˈ\

Simple Definition of confluence

  • : a place where two rivers or streams join to become one

  • : a situation in which two things come together or happen at the same time

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of confluence

  1. 1 :  a coming or flowing together, meeting, or gathering at one point <a happy confluence of weather and scenery>

  2. 2 a :  the flowing together of two or more streams b :  the place of meeting of two streams c :  the combined stream formed by conjunction

Examples of confluence in a sentence

  1. the Mississippi River's confluence with the Missouri River

  2. <a happy confluence of beautiful weather and spectacular scenery during our vacation>



Did You Know?

The joining of rivers—as at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, where the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers flow together spectacularly—was the original meaning of confluence, and in its later meanings we still hear a strong echo of the physical merging of waters. So today we can speak of a confluence of events, a confluence of interests, a confluence of cultures, and so on, from which something important often emerges.

15th Century

First Known Use of confluence

15th century



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