Definition of confluence in English:



  • 1The junction of two rivers, especially rivers of approximately equal width.

    ‘the confluence of the Rivers Ouse and Foss’
    ‘farther down the Tigris at its confluence with the Euphrates’
    • ‘Today the adit can still be seen at the confluence of the Uncompahgre River and Canyon Creek, at the base of Oak Street on the southwest side of Ouray.’
    • ‘They are strategically positioned on mountainsides, on the confluence of two rivers or overlooking valley entrances.’
    • ‘A hanging bridge has been planned at ‘Triveni sangamam’, the confluence of three rivers in Muvattupuzha.’
    • ‘The Sangameshwar temple is at the confluence of rivers Alaknanda, Varuna and Shastri and gets submerged during monsoon.’
    • ‘The confluence of the two rivers also stands as a natural boundary separating three countries Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.’
    • ‘The large, stone main building sits on a bluff above the confluence of two rivers.’
    • ‘The boatramp is situated on the Fraser fairly close to the confluence of the Harrison river, and it was on the lower Harrison that we dropped anchor.’
    • ‘The town is sacred because it is at the confluence of two real rivers - the Ganges and the Yamun - and one mythical one, the Saraswati.’
    • ‘This crosses the Calder close to its confluence with the River Ribble.’
    • ‘Along from Waiotahe is the confluence of two rivers, the Waioweka and Otara.’
    • ‘From the citadel the impregnability of Ani's site is even more striking: on a peninsula at the confluence of two rivers, only one side of the city was accessible by land.’
    • ‘Roman remains have been located at the confluence of the rivers Thames and Fleet.’
    • ‘It sits on the border with Austria at the confluence of two rivers.’
    • ‘Situated as it was at the confluence of two rivers, and yet deep inland, it was secure and at the same time easily accessible to traders.’
    • ‘According to the publication the waterfall lies on the confluence of the East Lumwana and Mumbezhi rivers.’
    • ‘The confluence of the rivers Ouse and Fosse was a naturally attractive site to the military mind.’
    • ‘The pair had only been dating for a few months when, according to the band's website, a shaman performed the ceremony in a canoe at the confluence of three rivers in the Amazon.’
    • ‘One can see from the viewpoint or ‘lovers meet’ the confluence of the rivers Teesta and the Rangeet.’
    • ‘He established his weather control scheme in the land surrounding the confluence of two rivers.’
    • ‘Priority was also given to completing sheet piling along a 1,000 yard stretch of the Dutch River, upstream of its confluence with the River Ouse at Goole.’
    convergence, meeting, junction, joining, conflux, watersmeet
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    1. 1.1An act or process of merging.
      ‘a major confluence of the world's financial markets’
      • ‘They make a similarly ironic point about the confluence of minimalist forms of art and the larger imperatives of social and economic power.’
      • ‘This seemingly random confluence of contrasting fabrics subverts the tie's traditional role.’
      • ‘There is a strange confluence in smoking between social acceptability and the physiological addictiveness of the nicotine itself.’
      • ‘What makes for a powerful image - much like Asia itself - is the confluence of all these elements within the rude stream of life.’
      • ‘The current shortage is the result of a confluence of three major factors.’
      • ‘The confluence of haiku and jazz in his poems is based on the expression of natural, spontaneous responses to human life.’
      • ‘It was an enactment of a rhetorical confluence and epistemological crossfertilization between science and art.’
      • ‘It now boasts of a fountain park, a rare spot of colour on a rather confusing confluence of roads.’
      • ‘It has gone from an ecstatic confluence of societal change and economic opportunity to a fusty business institution.’
      • ‘Today, there is a confluence of developments that is more than subtle.’
      • ‘The confluence of Western trends and old values is brought out at every turn.’
      • ‘It is also a fact that the sense of crisis that emerged in this historical confluence would be a theme that Heidegger the philosopher would retain his entire career.’
      • ‘The confluence of these changes has engendered much planning and implementation activity within the financial industry.’
      • ‘The seeds of the confluence of universal human rights and global communications were planted during World War II.’
      • ‘Such an impression of homogeneity would seem to result from the confluence of two discrete but interrelated trends.’
      • ‘But the bigger reason behind this bundle of contradictions is a confluence of technological shifts.’
      • ‘So the confluence of these two trends is definitely going to result in medical device companies spending more money against the consumer.’
      • ‘Demand reduction and optimization of the sustainment footprint is the result of the confluence of the other three concepts.’
      • ‘The confluence of these two trends has slowly drained the game of its most important element: terror.’
      • ‘There can be no doubt of the existence of a culture whose roots were formed by the confluence of folk Portuguese and African traditions.’


Late Middle English: from late Latin confluentia, from Latin confluere flow together (see confluent).