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
  1. noun
    a place where things merge or flow together (especially rivers)
    “Pittsburgh is located at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers”
    synonyms: meeting
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    type of:
    geographic point, geographical point
    a point on the surface of the Earth
  2. noun
    a flowing together
    synonyms: conflux, merging
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    type of:
    blend, blending
    the act of blending components together thoroughly
  3. noun
    a coming together of people
    synonyms: concourse
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    type of:
    coming together, meeting, merging
    the act of joining together as one
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