- 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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The optic lobes are smaller than the hemispheres and also coalescent.A Guide to the Study of Fishes, Volume 1 (of 2)
David Starr Jordan
This term is the counterpart of coalescent, as free is the counterpart of adnate.
For these are the contiguous and coalescent walls or sides of the component carpels.
In the latter case, the letter w is thrown in as a coalescent between the sound of a, as a in hate; and the a, as a in fall.
Two of the three green spots, which have become still more enlarged, are coalescent.Studies in the Theory of Descent (Volumes 1 and 2)
- (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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