- to grow together or into one body: The two lakes coalesced into one.
- to unite so as to form one mass, community, etc.: The various groups coalesced into a crowd.
- to blend or come together: Their ideas coalesced into one theory.
- to cause to unite in one body or mass.
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A coalescence of tribes into a nation had not occurred in any case in any part of America.Ancient Society
Lewis Henry Morgan
The cornea is formed by the coalescence of two structures, viz.The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume III (of 4)
Francis Maitland Balfour
The heroism of Liebknecht was at least a point and center of coalescence.The Future Belongs to the People
The frontiers are melting; coalescence, unity, harmony are being achieved.Psychical Miscellanea
J. Arthur Hill
Separatist tendencies were stronger than those of coalescence.The Colonization of North America
Herbert Eugene Bolton
- (intr) to unite or come together in one body or mass; merge; fuse; blend
C16: from Latin coalēscere from co- + alēscere to increase, from alere to nourish
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