- flowing in.
- a tributary.
- Ecology. a plant or animal that has an important effect on the biotic balance in a community.
Origin of influent
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Examples from the Web for influent
We had thus examined each of its three mouths, and settled all doubts as to the Rusizi being an effluent or influent.How I Found Livingstone
Henry M. Stanley
- flowing in
- something flowing in, esp a tributary
- ecology an organism that has a major effect on the nature of its community
Word Origin and History for influent
mid-15c., "abundant," in reference to occult power of the stars, etc., also of grace, from Latin influentem (nominative influens), present participle of influere "to flow in" (see influence).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper