con·​ver·​gence | \ kən-ˈvər-jən(t)s How to pronounce convergence (audio) \

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

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Examples of convergence in a Sentence

the convergence of the city's major arteries on a single rotary
Recent Examples on the Web In one of the many cultural convergences and coincidences that currently keep popping up in our lives, Fight Club 3 features a global pandemic. Christian Holub,, "Read the surreal first chapter of Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club 3 comic for free," 14 Apr. 2020 The concept sits at the convergence of several trends — health, wellness, cooking and sustainability — as well as the environmental and clean-food movements. Elaine Ayala,, "Ayala: Software company creator, movie producer and farmer, in that order," 9 Apr. 2020 Studies of other king penguin colonies suggest foraging birds from Île aux Cochons normally swim toward an oceanic feature hundreds of kilometers to the south known as the polar front or Antarctic convergence. Eli Kintisch, Science | AAAS, "Why did nearly a million king penguins vanish without a trace?," 19 Mar. 2020 Tucked into a gully at the convergence of the mesas, the glassy, mesquite-cluttered pond reflects vertical cliffs that top out 300 above the water. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "A short distance off the highway, this Prescott-area hike feels remote. Here's how to do it," 12 Mar. 2020 Birds with overlapping ranges tended to have more similar songs, a pattern of convergence rather than divergence. Quanta Magazine, "Does Competition Drive Diversity of Species?," 10 Mar. 2014 This time the storms will have the assistance of a 150 mph jet stream above, lots of twisting and turning in the atmosphere called wind shear and a convergence of fronts right near where Iowa, Illinois and Missouri come together. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, "Severe weather to slam U.S. midsection, tornadoes possible," 27 Mar. 2020 Activists in Colombia often face a convergence of many powerful interests. NBC News, "Colombia was the deadliest place on Earth for environmental activists. It's gotten worse.," 23 Feb. 2020 But logging in the region nearly destroyed their habitat, a convergence of geography and landscape that might have been impossible to replicate. Washington Post, "Homero Gómez González, Mexico’s monarch butterfly defender, found dead," 30 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of convergence

1713, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for convergence

see converge

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The first known use of convergence was in 1713

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24 May 2020

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“Convergence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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con·​ver·​gence | \ kən-ˈvər-jən(t)s How to pronounce convergence (audio) \

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 sense 2

Other Words from convergence

converge \ -​ˈvərj How to pronounce converge (audio) \ verb converged; converging
convergent \ -​ˈvər-​jənt How to pronounce convergent (audio) \ adjective

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