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 confluency (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.

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 on the Web The Coast Guard and Portland Fire and Rescue crews rescued seven people Saturday from a boat taking on water near the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers. oregonlive, "Seven people rescued off boat near Kelley Point Park," 10 May 2020 Demand crunch The confluence of a storage crunch and much longer-lasting drop in sales will force the frackers to shut down wells that produce a large part of their output. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Buccaneers of the basin: The fall of fracking—and the future of oil," 30 Apr. 2020 Traders are still piecing together the confluence of factors that led to the collapse. Bloomberg.com, "The 20 Minutes That Broke the U.S. Oil Market," 28 Apr. 2020 The confluence of America and Asia is so important. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Green Hornet and Kato' Feature in the Works From Universal and Amasia Entertainment," 16 Apr. 2020 The confluence has pushed Brent crude oil prices to below $30 a barrel, far below what Saudi Arabia or Russia need to balance their budgets. Cathy Bussewitz, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump says he expects Russia, Saudis to cut oil production," 2 Apr. 2020 This happy confluence of modernity coalesced just in time for serious field testing around the world. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, "The 7mm Showdown: 7x57 vs. 7mm-08 Rem. vs. .284 Win.," 20 Mar. 2020 The first detection was a bighead carp found in 1996 near the confluence of the St. Croix and Mississippi rivers in Pierce County, according to Wisconsin DNR records. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Catch of 51 Asian carp in Mississippi River near La Crosse is largest in Wisconsin or Minnesota waters," 13 Mar. 2020 This confluence of news events and cultural movements has made the U.K.’s recent major musical spectacles into political forums, largely thanks to hip-hop. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Rappers Who Are Breaking Up With Britain," 9 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of confluence was in the 15th century

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26 May 2020

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“Confluence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/confluence. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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confluence

noun
How to pronounce confluence (audio) How to pronounce confluence (audio)

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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