- A broken bone healing back into one is an example of to coalesce.
- Two armies joining together against a common enemy is an example of to coalesce.
intransitive verb-·lesced′, -·lesc′ing
- to grow together, as the halves of a broken bone
- to unite or merge into a single body, group, or mass
Origin of coalesceClassical Latin coalescere from co-, together + alescere, to grow up: see adolescent
verbco·a·lesced, co·a·lesc·ing, co·a·lesc·es
- To come or grow together into a single mass: the material that coalesced to form stars.
- To come together as a recognizable whole or entity: the stories that coalesced as the history of the movement.
- To come together for a single purpose: The rebel units coalesced into one army to fight the invaders. See Synonyms at mix.
- To cause to coalesce as a single mass: The atoms were coalesced into a larger molecule.
- To cause to coalesce as a single whole or entity: The survey responses were coalesced into a single document.
Origin of coalesceLatin coalēscere co- co- alēscere to grow inchoative of alere to nourish ; see al-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present coalesces, present participle coalescing, simple past and past participle coalesced)
- (of separate elements) To join into a single mass or whole.
- The droplets coalesced into a puddle.
- (of a whole or a unit) To form from different pieces or elements.
- The puddle coalesced from the droplets as they ran together.
- (engineering) When two, or more, pieces of metal are bonded together (usually via welding) by liquefying the places where they are to be bonded, coalescing these liquids, and allowing the coalesced liquid to solidify. At the end of this process the two pieces of metal have become one continuous solid.
From Latin coalēscō, from co- + alēscō (“grow up”).