Definition of Confluence

1. Noun. A place where things merge or flow together (especially rivers). "Pittsburgh is located at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers"

Exact synonyms: Meeting
Generic synonyms: Geographic Point, Geographical Point
Category relationships: River
Derivative terms: Confluent

2. Noun. A flowing together.
Exact synonyms: Conflux, Merging
Generic synonyms: Blend, Blending
Derivative terms: Confluent

3. Noun. A coming together of people.
Exact synonyms: Concourse
Generic synonyms: Coming Together, Meeting, Merging

Definition of Confluence

1. n. The act of flowing together; the meeting or junction of two or more streams; the place of meeting.

Definition of Confluence

1. Noun. The place where two rivers, streams, or other continuously flowing bodies of water meet and become one, especially where a tributary joins a river. ¹

2. Noun. The act of combining which occurs at the place where rivers and the like meet. ¹

3. Noun. A convergence or combination of forces, people, or things. ¹

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Definition of Confluence

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Medical Definition of Confluence

1. A flowing together; a joining of two or more streams. Synonym: confluens. Origin: L. Confluens (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Confluence

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confluence (current term)
confluence of sinuses
confluens sinuum
confluent and reticulate papillomatosis
confluent articulation
confluent culture
confluent smallpox

Literary usage of Confluence

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1. A History of Ancient Geography Among the Greeks and Romans from the Earliest by Edward Herbert Bunbury (1883)
"It is a strong instance of the carelessness of Diodorus in geographical matters that he represents these rapids as occurring at the confluence of the two ..."

2. Organography of Plants, Especially of the Archegoniata and Spermaphyta by Karl Eberhard Goebel (1905)
"(b) CHANGE IN THE NUMERICAL RELATIONSHIPS OF THE FLOWER THROUGH confluence. We have dealt above with the appearance of higher numbers in the leaf- whorl. ..."

3. Anatomy, Descriptive and Applied by Henry Gray (1913)
"... communicates with the posterior internal vertebral venous plexuses and ends in the confluence of the sinuses. The confluence of the Sinuses (confluens ..."

4. Lewis and Clark Road Trips: Exploring the Trail Across America by Kira Gale (2006)
"... Visitors Center, Vincennes 31 D Sugarloaf Mounds, Vincennes 32 D George Rogers Clark US 50 Route CAIRO AND CAPE GIRARDEAU 58-59 33 D confluence of Ohio ..."

5. History of the War in the Peninsula and in the South of France: From the by William Francis Patrick Napier (1842)
"CHAPTER V. Views of the commanders on each side—Wellington designs to throw a bridge orer the Garonne at Hortet above Toulouse. but below the confluence of ..."

6. Kino's Historical Memoir of Pimería Alta: A Contemporary Account of the by Eusebio Francisco Kino (1919)
"On the seventeenth we set out from San Pedro westward, for San Dionisio, a great rancheria at the confluence of the Rio Grande de Hyla and the very large ..."

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