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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Between 1805 and 1860, traders built posts at every major confluence along the river.
▪ But now it seemed as natural as the confluence of two rivers and needed no words at all.
▪ In some ways, the history of the confluence area since white men first came is the history of a binge.
▪ Shortly after breakfast the next morning we reached the confluence of the Alsek.
▪ The Coalition was not really a confluence of parties.
▪ The dark area to the south-east of the Colorado/San Juan confluence is Navajo Mountain, which rises to 10388 feet.
▪ The problem which confronted the Government arose out of the confluence of two streams of difficulty.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Confluence \Con"flu*ence\, n. [L. confluentia.]

  1. The act of flowing together; the meeting or junction of two or more streams; the place of meeting.

    New York stood at the confluence of two rivers.

  2. Any running together of separate streams or currents; the act of meeting and crowding in a place; hence, a crowd; a concourse; an assemblage.

    You see this confluence, this great flood of vistors.

    The confluence . . . of all true joys.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 15c., from Late Latin confluentia, from Latin confluentem (nominative confluens), present participle of confluere "to flow together," from com- "together" (see com-) + fluere "to flow" (see fluent).


n. 1 The place where two rivers, streams, or other continuously flowing bodies of water meet and become one, especially where a tributary joins a river. 2 The act of combine which occurs at the place where rivers and the lake meet. 3 A convergence or combination of forces, people, or things.

  1. n. a place where things merge or flow together (especially rivers); "Pittsburgh is located at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers" [syn: meeting]

  2. a flowing together [syn: conflux, merging]

  3. a coming together of people [syn: concourse]

Confluence, PA -- U.S. borough in Pennsylvania
Population (2000): 834
Housing Units (2000): 404
Land area (2000): 1.596582 sq. miles (4.135129 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.052398 sq. miles (0.135709 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 1.648980 sq. miles (4.270838 sq. km)
FIPS code: 15680
Located within: Pennsylvania (PA), FIPS 42
Location: 39.809997 N, 79.356692 W
ZIP Codes (1990):
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Confluence, PA
Confluence (disambiguation)

A confluence is the meeting of two or more bodies of water.

Confluence may also refer to:

  • Confluence (abstract rewriting), a concept in computer science
  • Confluence (company), an investment management software company
  • Confluence (meteorology)
  • Confluence (software), an enterprise wiki from Atlassian
  • Confluence: The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies
  • Confluence, Kentucky
  • Confluence, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Confluence Project Management, consultancy firm commonly known as Confluence
  • Confluency, a concept in cell culture biology
  • Degree Confluence Project


  • Confluent hypergeometric function, a mathematical function

In geography, a confluence is the meeting of two or more bodies of water. Also known as a conflux, it refers either to the point where a tributary joins a larger river, called the main stem, or where two streams meet to become the source of a river of a new name, such as the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny rivers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania creating the Ohio River.

The term is also used to describe the meeting of tidal or other non-riverine bodies of water, such as two canals or a canal and a lake. A one-mile (1.6 km) portion of the Industrial Canal in New Orleans accommodates the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet Canal; therefore those three waterways are confluent there.

Confluence (abstract rewriting)

In computer science, confluence is a property of rewriting systems, describing which terms in such a system can be rewritten in more than one way, to yield the same result. This article describes the properties in the most abstract setting of an abstract rewriting system.

Confluence (software)

Confluence is team collaboration software. Written in Java and mainly used in corporate environments, it is developed and marketed by Atlassian. Confluence is sold as either on-premises software or as a software as a service.

Confluence (convention)

Confluence is an annual science fiction convention that has been occurring in Pittsburgh for several years since 1996. Confluence 2009 was held in the Doubletree Hotel from July 24–26, 2009.

Confluence (sculpture)

Confluence is a land art sculpture by artists Robert Stackhouse and Carol Mickett. The work sits on the grounds of the Indianapolis Art Center located in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. Confluence was installed as part of the Art Center's ARTSPARK initiative.

Confluence (company)

Confluence (Confluence Technologies) is a software firm that provides back-office automation systems to the investment management industry. The company was founded in 1991, and its main offering is the "Unity platform" which is used primarily by mutual funds, hedge funds and their service providers to automate the fund administration process — including the collection, creation, confirmation, and delivery of investment product data.

According to the company’s website, Confluence technology is in use by 40 percent of the investment management firms worldwide and 60 percent of U.S. mutual funds to solve problems such as performance measurement and customized reporting for mutual funds, variable products, alternative investments, and other instruments.

The Unity platform includes 10 products that utilize a centralized data repository. The products are designed to replace manual processes and spreadsheets and automate a variety of regulatory, marketing and financial reporting functions.

Confluence is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and lists other locations in San Francisco California, and international offices in Brussels, Ho Chi Minh City, London and Luxembourg. Confluence is privately owned with growth equity investment backing from Polaris Venture Partners.

Confluence was founded in 1991 by Mike Schiller and Mark Evans. Schiller left the company in 1997 and Evans currently serves as Chairman and CEO of the company.

Usage examples of "confluence".

From Delphi the travellers proceeded towards Livadia, passing in the course of the journey the confluence of the three roads where OEdipus slew his father, an event with its hideous train of fatalities which could not be recollected by Byron on the spot, even after the tales of guilt he had gathered in his Albanian journeys, without agitating associations.

Only in the painting, the wormwood leaves turned the Allegheny black as death shortly before the confluence.

Moonlight glinted softly off the surface of the Amur, limning the cluster of islands at the confluence with the Ussuri.

The town is built at the confluence of two great rivers, the Red and Assiniboine, the former rising in Minnesota, and flowing into lake Winnipeg 150 miles north, navigable for 400 miles.

They were aware that the first missionary to have entered Auca territory--a Jesuit priest, Pedro Suarez--had been murdered by spears in an isolated station near the confluence of the Napo and Curaray.

It must have greatly resembled that of the lowlands of Equatorial Africa, towards the confluence of the Bahr el Abiad and the Bahr el Ghazal.

Ahead lay the confluence of elemental flows, a mixing of channels draining from both the Northern and Southern Fangs.

Rio Verde, in Arizona, from Verde, in eastern central Yavapai county, to the confluence with Salt river, in Maricopa county.

The inference is unavoidable that the confluence of Persian thought and feeling with Hebrew thought and feeling, joined with the materials and flowing in the channels of the subsequent experience of the Jews, formed a mingled deposit about the age of Christ, which deposit was Pharisaism.

In the Balkans the boundary between the two stretched from the Montenegrin coast up the river Drina to the confluence of the Sava and the Danube, and then further north.

Now they were a few minutes from the confluence of Ophion with the river Melpomene.

They were beached on a wide mud flat at the confluence of Ophion and the river Arges, near the center of Phoebe.

The fleet of Nyssomu punts carried the entire host safely past Castle Manoparo, to the confluence of the Skrokar and the Mutar.

The first sermon I heard there was preached in Rockville--a town-site on the Sauk, twelve miles from its confluence with the Mississippi--in a store-room of which the roof was not yet shingled.

Ortho Bob was heading back up to the Thanatoid village at the confluence of Shade Creek and Seventh River, in Vineland County.