- flowing or running together; blending into one: confluent rivers; confluent ideas.
- running together: confluent efflorescences.
- characterized by confluent efflorescences: confluent smallpox.
- one of two or more confluent streams.
- a tributary stream.
Origin of confluent
Examples from the Web for confluent
Historical Examples of confluent
The stem is stout, often hollow when old, confluent with the cap.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
The small-pox is well divided by Sydenham into distinct and confluent.Zoonomia, Vol. II
The walls of the perithecia are carbonous, and confluent with the crust.
The Small Pox is of two varieties or degrees, distinct and confluent.An Epitome of Homeopathic Healing Art
B. L. Hill
It is not a long time since the two ice bodies were confluent.Mount Rainier
- flowing together or merging
- a stream that flows into another, usually of approximately equal size
Word Origin for confluent
late 15c., from Middle French confluent or directly from Latin confluentem (nominative confluens), present participle of confluere "to flow together" (see confluence). The noun meaning "a stream which flows into another" is from 1850.
- Flowing together; blended into one.
- Merging or running together so as to form a mass, as sores in a rash.