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  1. a flowing together of two or more streams, rivers, or the like: the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers.
  2. their place of junction: St. Louis is at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers.
  3. a body of water formed by the flowing together of two or more streams, rivers, or the like.
  4. a coming together of people or things; concourse.
  5. a crowd or throng; assemblage.
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Also con·flux [kon-fluhks] /ˈkɒn flʌks/.

Origin of confluence

1375–1425; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Late Latin confluentia; see confluent, -ence

Synonyms for confluence

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4. union, joining, meeting.
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Related Words for conflux

junction, concourse, convergence, conjunction, meeting

Examples from the Web for conflux

Historical Examples of conflux

  • Charleston is situated at the conflux of the rivers Ashley and Cooper.

    Travels in North America, From Modern Writers

    William Bingley

  • Namur is situated on the conflux of the Meuse and the Sambre.

  • Athelney, a morass formed by the conflux of the Thone and the Parret.

  • I remember at Lyons to have been taken to see the conflux of the Rhone and the Sane.

    Lord Chatham

    Archibald Phillip Primrose Rosebery

  • There appeared no conflux of men in obedience to the proclamation.

British Dictionary definitions for conflux


conflux (ˈkɒnflʌks)

  1. a merging or flowing together, esp of rivers
  2. a gathering together, esp of people
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Word Origin and History for conflux



early 15c., from Late Latin confluentia, from Latin confluentem (nominative confluens), present participle of confluere "to flow together," from com- "together" (see com-) + fluere "to flow" (see fluent).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

conflux in Medicine


  1. A flowing or meeting together; a joining.
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conflux in Science


  1. A flowing together of two or more streams or two or more glaciers.
  2. The point of juncture of such streams or glaciers.
  3. The combined stream or glacier formed by this juncture.
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