What does confluence mean?

Definitions for confluence
ˈkɒn flu əns; -flʌkscon·flu·ence

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. confluence, meetingnoun

    a place where things merge or flow together (especially rivers)

    "Pittsburgh is located at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers"

  2. confluence, conflux, mergingnoun

    a flowing together

  3. concourse, confluencenoun

    a coming together of people


  1. confluencenoun

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

    We encountered an abandoned boat at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers.

    Etymology: From confluentia, con- + fluere

  2. confluencenoun

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

    The confluence of the rivers produced a great rush of water.

    Etymology: From confluentia, con- + fluere

  3. confluencenoun

    A convergence or combination of forces, people, or things.

    The confluence of our skills resulted in a successful home renovation project.

    Etymology: From confluentia, con- + fluere

Webster Dictionary

  1. Confluencenoun

    the act of flowing together; the meeting or junction of two or more streams; the place of meeting

    Etymology: [L. confluentia.]

  2. Confluencenoun

    any running together of separate streams or currents; the act of meeting and crowding in a place; hence, a crowd; a concourse; an assemblage

    Etymology: [L. confluentia.]


  1. Confluence

    In geography, a confluence is the meeting of two or more bodies of water. Also known as a conflux, it refers either to the point where a tributary joins a larger river, called the main stem, or where two streams meet to become the source of a river of a new name, such as the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny rivers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania creating the Ohio River. The term is also used to describe the meeting of tidal or other non-riverine bodies of water, such as two canals or a canal and a lake. A one-mile portion of the Industrial Canal in New Orleans accommodates the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet Canal; therefore those three waterways are confluent there.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Confluence

    kon′floo-ens, n. a flowing together: the place of meeting, as of rivers: a concourse: the act of meeting together.—adj. Con′fluent, flowing together: uniting.—n. a stream uniting and flowing with another.—adv. Con′fluently.—n. Con′flux, a flowing together. [L. confluĕre, confluxum, from con, together, fluĕre, to flow.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of confluence in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of confluence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of confluence in a Sentence

  1. Mike McCaul:

    It’s the confluence of events.

  2. Gavin Wendt:

    The confluence of big overseas miners looking to repatriate to their home bases and strong indicators such as a weaker Aussie dollar is driving the market further into M&A activity, add in cheap labor post the boom and a vibrant mid-tier gold sector and it's not hard to see why things are accelerating.

  3. Shada Moghraby:

    ...I think it's a confluence of factors that led to refugees heading for Europe, but the cuts in WFP assistance were for sure the thing that broke the camel's back.

  4. The Biden administration:

    Simply put, delaying the Standard would likely cost many lives per day, in addition to large numbers of hospitalizations, other serious health effects, and tremendous expenses, that is a confluence of harms of the highest order.

  5. Chris Aronson:

    At the end of the day, they cannibalized each other, it's an unfortunate confluence of events. All three of those films combined would have made a decent opening for any one of them.

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