confluence

Confluence means a flowing together. In a literal sense, it's about rivers. But it's more often used to talk about the coming together of factors or ideas, or of cultures in a diverse city.

Con- means "with," and -fluence sounds like "flow." When things come together like rivers do, flowing from entirely different places, you call that a confluence. If the senior class needs to raise money for a class trip, and the drama club is looking for someone to do concessions during intermission at the school play, that's a confluence of factors.

DEFINITIONS OF: confluence

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n a place where things merge or flow together (especially rivers)

“Pittsburgh is located at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers”
Synonyms:
meeting
Type of:
geographic point, geographical point
a point on the surface of the Earth

n a flowing together

Synonyms:
conflux, merging
Type of:
blend, blending
the act of blending components together thoroughly

n a coming together of people

Synonyms:
concourse
Type of:
coming together, meeting, merging
the act of joining together as one
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