Definition of convergence
1 : the act of converging and especially moving toward union or uniformity the convergence of the three rivers; especially : coordinated movement of the two eyes so that the image of a single point is formed on corresponding retinal areas
2 : the state or property of being convergent
3 : independent development of similar characters (as of bodily structure of unrelated organisms or cultural traits) often associated with similarity of habits or environment
4 : the merging of distinct technologies, industries, or devices into a unified whole … offers a variety of services related to the convergence of the Internet and mobile phones. — Rob Walker
Examples of convergence in a Sentence
the convergence of the city's major arteries on a single rotary
Recent Examples of convergence from the Web
For me, the book is about the convergence of art and athleticism, and its effect on politics.
The Trump factor A convergence of factors appears to have shifted the geopolitical landscape in the Persian Gulf.
A convergence of computer hackers and traditional artisans, the niche is established enough to have its own magazine, Make, as well as hands-on Maker Faires that are catnip for DIYers who used to toil in solitude.
This convergence feels like the end of a phase, the only logical conclusion.
The deals with Tele-Communications Inc. mark another step toward PC-TV convergence.
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Medical Definition of convergence
1: 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
2: 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
3: movement of the two eyes so coordinated that the images of a single point fall on corresponding points of the two retinas
4: overlapping synaptic innervation of a single cell by more than one nerve fiber—compare divergence 2
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