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 for confluent
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Confluent \Con"flu*ent\, n.
     1. A small steam which flows into a large one.
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     2. The place of meeting of steams, currents, etc. [Obs.]
        --Holland.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Confluent \Con"flu*ent\, a. [L. confluens, -entis, p. pr. of
     confluere, -fluxum; con- + fluere to flow. See Fluent.]
     1. Flowing together; meeting in their course; running one
        into another; flowing together to form a single stream.
  
     Syn: merging(prenominal).
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                These confluent steams make some great river's
                head.                               --Blackmore.
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     2. (Bot.) Blended into one; growing together, so as to
        obliterate all distinction.
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     3. (Med.)
        (a) Running together or uniting, as pimples or pustules.
        (b) Characterized by having the pustules, etc., run
            together or unite, so as to cover the surface; as,
            confluent smallpox. --Dunglison.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  confluent
      adj 1: flowing together [syn: confluent, merging(a)]
      n 1: a branch that flows into the main stream [syn: feeder,
           tributary, confluent, affluent] [ant: distributary]

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