The definition of confluence is the place where two or more things merge, or the act of merging.
The location were two rivers merge is an example of a confluence.
- a flowing together, esp. of two or more streams
- the place where they join, or a stream formed in this way
- a coming together as of people; crowd; throng
Origin of confluenceOld French ; from Late Latin confluentia ; from Classical Latin confluens, present participle of confluere ; from com-, together + fluere, to flow: see fluctuate
- a. A flowing together of two or more streams.b. The point of juncture of such streams.c. The combined stream formed by this juncture.
- A gathering, flowing, or meeting together at one juncture or point: “A confluence of negative events conspired to bring down bond prices” (Michael Gonzalez).
- 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.
- The act of combining which occurs at the place where rivers and the lake meet.
- The confluence of the rivers produced a great rush of water.
- A convergence or combination of forces, people, or things.
- The confluence of our skills resulted in a successful home renovation project.
Borrowing from Late Latin confluentia, from con- + fluere.