Definition of confluence
1 : a coming or flowing together, meeting, or gathering at one point a happy confluence of weather and scenery a confluence of cultures
2a : the flowing together of two or more streamsb : the place of meeting of two streams the Mississippi River's confluence with the Missouri Riverc : the combined stream formed by conjunction
Examples of confluence in a Sentence
the Mississippi River's confluence with the Missouri River
a happy confluence of beautiful weather and spectacular scenery during our vacation
Recent Examples of confluence from the Web
But for now, the first series is barely a tragedy of errors—a mostly rote analysis of how a confluence of circumstances and greedy individuals contributed to the rise of a drug whose toll was incalculable.
In 1844, about 100 people attended a July 4 event at the confluence of Second and Third lakes in what is now the Village of Third Lake, Dretske said.
People in the park could watch the fireworks being shot from nearby Tydings Island, at the confluence of the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay.
But, most important, Clinton seems to be benefiting from a rare confluence—the political equivalent of a solar eclipse.
It's been a confluence of bad news for the chain, based in Hoffman Estates, Ill., which has long relied on groups of girls coming into its stores with their weekly allowances or birthday money.
Several retention and confluence ponds were built to protect the watershed, and land along the creek was purchased around Morey Field, Middleton’s airport, to limit development.
Robertson attributed the flooding to the confluence of water surging into Lake Pontchartrain from Cindy and rainwater pumped out of New Orleans and Metairie through the 17th Street Canal.
With the rise of Facebook, Google, Uber, Microsoft, Amazon, and others, content stopped being a name for ideas alone and started signifying a confluence of machines, services, media, and ideas.
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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.
CONFLUENCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of confluence for English Language Learners
: 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
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