noun \kən-ˈvər-jən(t)s\

Definition of CONVERGENCE

:  the act of converging and especially moving toward union or uniformity; especially :  coordinated movement of the two eyes so that the image of a single point is formed on corresponding retinal areas
:  the state or property of being convergent
:  independent development of similar characters (as of bodily structure of unrelated organisms or cultural traits) often associated with similarity of habits or environment
:  the merging of distinct technologies, industries, or devices into a unified whole


  1. <the convergence of the city's major arteries on a single rotary>

First Known Use of CONVERGENCE


Other Biology Terms

autochthonous, fecund, homunculus, phylogeny, substrate


noun \kən-ˈvər-jən(t)s\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CONVERGENCE

: an embryonic movement that involves streaming of material from the dorsal and lateral surfaces of the gastrula toward the blastopore and concurrent shifting of lateral materials toward the middorsal line and that is a process fundamental to the establishment of the germ layers
: independent development of similar characters (as of body structure in whales and fishes) by animals or plants of different groups that is often associated with similarity of habits or environment
: movement of the two eyes so coordinated that the images of a single point fall on corresponding points of the two retinas
: overlapping synaptic innervation of a single cell by more than one nerve fiber—compare divergence 2
con·verge \-ˈvərj\ verb, con·verged con·verg·ing
con·ver·gent \-ˈvər-jənt\ adjective


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Mathematical property of infinite series, integrals on unbounded regions, and certain sequences of numbers. An infinite series is convergent if the sum of its terms is finite. The series + + + + + ... sums to 1 and thus is convergent. The harmonic series 1 + + + + + ... does not converge. An integral calculated over an interval of infinite width, called an improper integral, describes a region that is unbounded in at least one direction. If such an integral converges, the unbounded region it describes has finite area. A sequence of numbers converges to a particular number when the difference between successive terms becomes arbitrarily small. The sequence 0.9, 0.99, 0.999, etc., converges to 1.


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