noun \i-ˈmər-jən(t)s\

: the act of becoming known or coming into view : the act of emerging

Full Definition of EMERGENCE

:  the act or an instance of emerging
:  any of various superficial outgrowths of plant tissue usually formed from both epidermis and immediately underlying tissues
:  penetration of the soil surface by a newly germinated plant

Examples of EMERGENCE

  1. the emergence of the Internet as an important means of communication
  2. the economy's emergence from a recession

First Known Use of EMERGENCE



noun \i-ˈmər-jən(t)s\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of EMERGENCE

: a recovering of consciousness (as from anesthesia)


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In the theory of evolution, the rise of a system that cannot be predicted or explained from antecedent conditions. The British philosopher of science G.H. Lewes (1817–78) distinguished between resultants and emergents—phenomena that are predictable from their constituent parts (e.g., a physical mixture of sand and talcum powder) and those that are not (e.g., a chemical compound such as salt, which looks nothing like sodium or chlorine). The evolutionary account of life is a continuous history marked by stages at which fundamentally new forms have appeared. Each new mode of life, though grounded in the conditions of the previous stage, is intelligible only in terms of its own ordering principle. These are thus cases of emergence. In the philosophy of mind, the primary candidates for the status of emergent properties are mental states and events.


Next Word in the Dictionary: emergency
Previous Word in the Dictionary: emerge
All Words Near: emergence

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up emergence? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).