confluence

noun
con·​flu·​ence | \ ˈkän-ˌflü-ən(t)s How to pronounce confluence (audio) , kən-ˈflü- How to pronounce confluence (audio) \

Definition of confluence

1 : a coming or flowing together, meeting, or gathering at one point At the confluence of Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo cultures, Santa Fe is the symbolic heart of the Southwest.— Jeffrey Steingarten A hip urban confluence of tasting rooms, galleries, and surfboard designers, it's a place where wine, art and beach culture coalesce.Wine Enthusiast Magazine Every once in a while in pop music there is a magical confluence: the right performers doing the right music with the right support.— Ralph Novak Italian influences have marked not only the style of architecture in Passau but also the way of life. Then, of course, Eastern Europe is next door. There are many confluences, it seems.— N. Scott Momaday
2a : the flowing together of two or more streams A complex lacework of waterways formed by the confluence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers, the delta is the state's major water source …— Robert B. Gunnison Confluences are a basic building block of river networks on all scales.— Chris Paola
b : the place of meeting of two streams … quaint Carbondale is set at the confluence of the Crystal and Roaring Fork Rivers.National Geographic
c : the stream or body formed by the junction of two or more streams : a combined flood … and eventually chose, disastrously, the only place in Assam where it was impossible for tea to thrive, being regularly drowned by the confluence of two huge rivers, a more suitable terrain for rice.— Christian Lamb
3 or confluency \ kən-​ˈflü-​ən(t)-​sē How to pronounce confluence (audio) \, cell biology : the degree of substrate coverage that is exhibited by proliferating, adherent cells cultured in a laboratory vessel (such as a petri dish or flask) At days 12-14, cell confluence reached 80%.— Runguang Li et al. The measurement of cell confluency is used to determine the growth phase of cells …— Mee Foong et al. also : complete coverage of a culture substrate by proliferating, adherent cells When the cells reach confluence, they form aggregates and can be serially cultured. — C. A. B. Jahoda et al. Replicate dishes of pooled cells were grown to confluency and induced with Newcastle disease virus … — Hermann Ragg and Charles Weissmann

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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.

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the Mississippi River's confluence with the Missouri River a happy confluence of beautiful weather and spectacular scenery during our vacation
Recent Examples on the Web The secret to its success may lie in the lucky confluence of geography and genetics. Sara Harrison, Wired, 24 May 2021 Behind the geyser of capital is a confluence of forces. Scott Patterson, WSJ, 22 May 2021 But the limitations proved strengths, focusing the scene’s energies and idiosyncrasies, and the result was a distinct and eclectic confluence of influences and inclinations that evolved through the ’70s and into the ’80s. BostonGlobe.com, 21 May 2021 In confluence with the artist-in-residence program, guests can participate in specific art programming, such as Kintsugi, which is the art of breaking and repairing pottery pieces using gold paint to highlight the beauty in imperfections. Judy Koutsky, Forbes, 11 May 2021 But the rare confluence of wind, fuel and heat have created a firestorm of blazes in the state that firefighters are struggling to keep up with. oregonlive, 10 Sep. 2020 Golnick, of Mindego Ridge, had to find some humor in the confluence of every worst-case scenario at once. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, 19 Aug. 2020 The confluence of dry vegetation and warm, dry conditions increases the risk of fire danger in the region, fire officials said. Lauren Hernández, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 May 2021 This year, however, ratings have plummeted for award shows across the board, including the Globes, due to a confluence of factors, foremost among them the coronavirus pandemic. Melissa Mahtani, CNN, 11 May 2021

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First Known Use of confluence

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for confluence

see confluent entry 1

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“Confluence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/confluence. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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confluence

noun

English Language Learners Definition of confluence

technical : a place where two rivers or streams join to become one
somewhat formal : a situation in which two things come together or happen at the same time

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