influent

adjective
in·​flu·​ent | \ˈin-ˌflü-ənt, in-ˈflü-\

Definition of influent 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: flowing in

influent

noun

Definition of influent (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something that flows in: such as

a : a tributary stream

b : fluid input into a reservoir or process

2 : a factor modifying the balance and stability of an ecological community

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Synonyms & Antonyms for influent

Synonyms: Noun

affluent, bayou, branch, confluent, feeder, tributary

Antonyms: Noun

distributary, effluent

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Examples of influent in a Sentence

Noun

along with its influents, the Missouri and Ohio rivers, the Mississippi River drains all or part of 31 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The influent flow is slowed to allow human and food organic waste to settle on the bottom of the tank. The Seattle Times, "How West Point processes Seattle's sewage," 29 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of influent

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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