Definition of confluence in US English:

confluence

noun

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

    ‘here at the confluence of the Laramie and North Platte 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The large, stone main building sits on a bluff above the confluence of two rivers.’
    • ‘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 confluence of the two rivers also stands as a natural boundary separating three countries Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.’
    • ‘The Sangameshwar temple is at the confluence of rivers Alaknanda, Varuna and Shastri and gets submerged during monsoon.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It sits on the border with Austria at the confluence of two rivers.’
    • ‘Along from Waiotahe is the confluence of two rivers, the Waioweka and Otara.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A hanging bridge has been planned at ‘Triveni sangamam’, the confluence of three rivers in Muvattupuzha.’
    • ‘He established his weather control scheme in the land surrounding the confluence of two rivers.’
    • ‘They are strategically positioned on mountainsides, on the confluence of two rivers or overlooking valley entrances.’
    • ‘One can see from the viewpoint or ‘lovers meet’ the confluence of the rivers Teesta and the Rangeet.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Roman remains have been located at the confluence of the rivers Thames and Fleet.’
    • ‘This crosses the Calder close to its confluence with the River Ribble.’
    • ‘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.’
    convergence, meeting, junction, joining, conflux, watersmeet
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    1. 1.1 An act or process of merging.
      ‘a major confluence of the world's financial markets’
      • ‘This seemingly random confluence of contrasting fabrics subverts the tie's traditional role.’
      • ‘The confluence of these changes has engendered much planning and implementation activity within the financial industry.’
      • ‘The confluence of these two trends has slowly drained the game of its most important element: terror.’
      • ‘Today, there is a confluence of developments that is more than subtle.’
      • ‘There can be no doubt of the existence of a culture whose roots were formed by the confluence of folk Portuguese and African traditions.’
      • ‘They make a similarly ironic point about the confluence of minimalist forms of art and the larger imperatives of social and economic power.’
      • ‘Demand reduction and optimization of the sustainment footprint is the result of the confluence of the other three concepts.’
      • ‘Such an impression of homogeneity would seem to result from the confluence of two discrete but interrelated trends.’
      • ‘The confluence of Western trends and old values is brought out at every turn.’
      • ‘The seeds of the confluence of universal human rights and global communications were planted during World War II.’
      • ‘What makes for a powerful image - much like Asia itself - is the confluence of all these elements within the rude stream of life.’
      • ‘The confluence of haiku and jazz in his poems is based on the expression of natural, spontaneous responses to human life.’
      • ‘So the confluence of these two trends is definitely going to result in medical device companies spending more money against the consumer.’
      • ‘But the bigger reason behind this bundle of contradictions is a confluence of technological shifts.’
      • ‘The current shortage is the result of a confluence of three major factors.’
      • ‘It has gone from an ecstatic confluence of societal change and economic opportunity to a fusty business institution.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It now boasts of a fountain park, a rare spot of colour on a rather confusing confluence of roads.’
      • ‘There is a strange confluence in smoking between social acceptability and the physiological addictiveness of the nicotine itself.’
      • ‘It was an enactment of a rhetorical confluence and epistemological crossfertilization between science and art.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

confluence

/ˈkänˌflo͞oəns//ˈkɑnˌfluəns/