a flowing together of two or more streams, rivers, or the like: the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers.
their place of junction: St. Louis is at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers.
a body of water formed by the flowing together of two or more streams, rivers, or the like.
a coming together of people or things; concourse.
a crowd or throng; assemblage.
- Also con·flux [kon-fluhks]. /ˈkɒn flʌks/.
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How to use confluence in a sentence
They are a part of a pattern of growing fire risk, emerging from a confluence of factors exacerbated by humans, spanning from ignitions to urban planning to forest management to climate change.“Unprecedented”: What’s behind the California, Oregon, and Washington wildfires | Umair Irfan | September 11, 2020 | Vox
While that strange confluence of events may have surprised many, it didn’t surprise Lyric Jain, a 24-year-old, Cambridge-educated engineer who lives in the United Kingdom.
Still, thanks to a confluence of events — from a battering of the broader retail industry to the runaway growth of Amazon specifically — both big and small fulfillment centers are beginning to spring up and fast.That Whole Foods is an Amazon warehouse; get used to it | Connie Loizos | September 4, 2020 | TechCrunch
Then overnight, the confluence of two potent forces shrank what looked like a long timetable.First he took energy trading and the NYSE electronic. Now Jeff Sprecher of ICE shares his plans to digitize your mortgage | Shawn Tully | September 2, 2020 | Fortune
For the publishing industry, this confluence of disruption has had a massive impact of on advertising revenue.Digiday Research: 74% of publishers have seen ad CPMs drop | Shareen Pathak | June 15, 2020 | Digiday
Near the confluence of these two rivers a tiny bridge spans the gap connecting the Korengal with the Pech.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley | Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman | November 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It may have been a confluence of factors, but going bald eagle became not so much a choice as an expectation.Waxing: Damned if You Do and Damned if You Don’t: How Pubic Hair Became Political | Emily Shire | April 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A confluence of events so seemingly magical made for a mostly charmed film shoot.‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ Star Oscar Isaac Is About to Be a Very Big Deal | Kevin Fallon | December 5, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
At the same time, in a happy confluence of technology and history, Bush had an app on his iPad that he could use to draw pictures.George W. Bush Emerges From the Shadows to Open Presidential Library | Eleanor Clift | April 23, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Is that a fair reading, or do you see more confluence between you and Reihan/Ross than I'm suggesting?
Washington attacked a French encampment at the confluence of the Alleghany and Monongahela.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
At the confluence of these two rivers there was the finest assemblage of Savages that I have yet seen.
Small craw-fish387 go up as far as the mountains,388 and the larger as far as the confluence of the Indus and the Acesines.
Erdil is a tiny derelict Christian village situated in the Oramar valley a little above its confluence with the Zab.The Cradle of Mankind | W.A. Wigram
Between these rivers, and nestling inside of their very confluence, reposes Harper's Ferry.The Raid of John Brown at Harper's Ferry as I Saw It | Rev. Samuel Vanderlip Leech
British Dictionary definitions for confluence
a merging or flowing together, esp of rivers
a gathering together, esp of people
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Scientific definitions for confluence
A flowing together of two or more streams or two or more glaciers.
The point of juncture of such streams or glaciers.
The combined stream or glacier formed by this juncture.
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