confluence

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

Definition of confluence

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

  2. 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

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

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

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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.

Origin and Etymology of confluence

see confluent


CONFLUENCE Defined for English Language Learners

confluence

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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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