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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To grow together; fuse.
  • intransitive v. To come together so as to form one whole; unite: The rebel units coalesced into one army to fight the invaders. See Synonyms at mix.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To join into a single mass or whole.
  • v. To form from different pieces or elements.
  • v. When two, or more, pieces of metal are bonded together (usually via welding) by liquefying the places where they are to be bonded, coalescing these liquids, and allowing the coalesced liquid to solidify. At the end of this process the two pieces of metal have become one continuous solid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To grow together; to unite by growth into one body.
  • intransitive v. To unite in one body or product; to combine into one body or community.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To grow together; unite by growth into one body.
  • To combine or be collected or joined, so as to form one body.
  • Hence To come or join together; unite so as to form one party, community, or the like: as, political parties sometimes coalesce.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. fuse or cause to grow together
  • v. mix together different elements

Etymologies

Latin coalēscere : co-, co- + alēscere, to grow, inchoative of alere, to nourish; see al-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin coalēscō, from co- + alēscō ("grow up"). (Wiktionary)

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