AskDefine | Define confluent

Dictionary Definition

confluent adj : flowing together [syn: merging(a)]

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  1. (Of wind) which converges, especially when viewed on a weather chart

Extensive Definition

A tributary (or confluent/affluent) is a stream or river which flows into a mainstem (or parent) river, and which does not flow directly into a sea. In orography, tributaries are ordered from those nearest to the source of the river to those nearest to the mouth of the river. A confluence is where two or more tributaries or rivers flow together.
The descriptive means terms right tributary and left tributary always apply from the perspective of looking downstream (in the direction the current is going), similarly to the river banks.
The opposite of a tributary is a distributary; a river branch that flows away from the main stream. A river and all its tributaries drain the watershed of the river.
The Strahler Stream Order examines the arrangement of tributaries in a hierarchy of first, second, third and higher orders, with the first order tributary being typically the least in size. For example, a second order tributary is composed of two or more first order tributaries combining to form the second order stream.

See also

confluent in Bulgarian: Приток
confluent in Catalan: Afluent
confluent in Czech: Přítok
confluent in Danish: Biflod
confluent in German: Nebenfluss
confluent in Estonian: Lisajõgi
confluent in Spanish: Afluente
confluent in Esperanto: Alfluanto
confluent in Extremaduran: Afluenti
confluent in French: Affluent
confluent in Scottish Gaelic: Leas-abhainn
confluent in Galician: Afluente
confluent in Korean: 지류
confluent in Croatian: Pritoka
confluent in Ido: Enfluanto
confluent in Indonesian: Anak sungai
confluent in Icelandic: Þverá
confluent in Italian: Affluente
confluent in Kurdish: Mil (çem)
confluent in Marathi: उपनदी
confluent in Dutch: Zijrivier en aftakking
confluent in Japanese: 支流
confluent in Occitan (post 1500): Afluent
confluent in Oromo: Tributary
confluent in Polish: Dopływ
confluent in Portuguese: Afluente
confluent in Romanian: Afluent
confluent in Russian: Приток
confluent in Simple English: Tributary
confluent in Finnish: Sivujoki
confluent in Swedish: Biflod
confluent in Vietnamese: Chi lưu
confluent in Ukrainian: Притока
confluent in Chinese: 支流
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