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

  • adj. Flowing together; blended into one.
  • adj. Pathology Merging or running together so as to form a mass, as sores in a rash.
  • n. One of two or more confluent streams.
  • n. A tributary.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Converging, merging into continuous shape (of two or more objects).
  • adj. (Of wind) which converges, especially when viewed on a weather chart
  • adj. Describing cells in a culture that merge to form a mass
  • adj. (Of a triangle) which is exactly the same size as another triangle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Flowing together; meeting in their course; running one into another; flowing together to form a single stream.
  • adj. Blended into one; growing together, so as to obliterate all distinction.
  • adj.
  • adj. Running together or uniting, as pimples or pustules.
  • adj. Characterized by having the pustules, etc., run together or unite, so as to cover the surface.
  • n. A small steam which flows into a large one.
  • n. The place of meeting of steams, currents, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Flowing together; meeting in their course, as two streams.
  • In anatomy, having grown or become blended together, as two bones which were originally separate.
  • In botany and zoology, blended into one: us, confluent leaves.
  • In pathol: Running together: as, confluent pustules.
  • Characterized by confluent pustules: as, confluent smallpox.
  • Rich; affluent.
  • n. A tributary stream: as, the Mohawk is a confluent of the Hudson.
  • n. A joining or confluence, as of two streams.

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

  • n. a branch that flows into the main stream
  • adj. flowing together


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

Middle English, from Latin cōnfluēns, cōnfluent-, present participle of cōnfluere, to flow together : com-, com- + fluere, to flow; see bhleu- in Indo-European roots.



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  • A confluent smallpox had in all directions flowed over his face...

    - Melville, Moby-Dick, ch. 19

    July 24, 2008