convergence

noun
con·​ver·​gence | \ kən-ˈvər-jən(t)s \

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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Synonyms & Antonyms for convergence

Synonyms

confluence, conjunction, convergency, meeting

Antonyms

divergence

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Examples of convergence in a Sentence

the convergence of the city's major arteries on a single rotary

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The new body was both rooted in that end-of-history assumption of convergence, and designed to enforce it. Jacob M. Schlesinger, WSJ, "The Catch-22 of Globalization," 21 Jan. 2019 The convergence of things that doomed the Republicans in 2006 may be immaterial this year. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Storm clouds gather for GOP as midterms approach – but forecast isn’t clear," 22 Aug. 2018 There was talk of a convergence of the style set and sneaker heads, but never have the two been more intertwined than on Chanel's couture runway today. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chanel Takes Sneaker Revolution Forward," 21 Jan. 2014 Beyond the legal requirements for restaurants with regard to labeling allergens, Steijer attributes much of the widespread availability of gluten free menu items to the convergence of two cultural factors. SELF, "I'm a Foodie With Celiac Disease. Here's Why I Love Traveling to Sweden," 25 Sep. 2018 The convergence of these factors led to a robust and sophisticated online beauty community, all looking for the best products. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "The “best” lipstick probably won’t change your life — but the search for it can," 12 Dec. 2018 Their arrival suggests a convergence of iOS and MacOS is underway, with Apple promising to release cross-platform tools for developers in 2019. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Free Mojave macOS update is now available to download," 24 Sep. 2018 Some are calling it a convergence of common purpose by rival powers that frequently clash over other issues. New York Times, "China and Russia Move to Cut Human Rights Jobs in U.N. Peacekeeping," 27 June 2018 The low pressure drew in air from all directions, creating a convergence of moisture at ground level. Jeff Halverson, Washington Post, "The second 1,000-year rainstorm in two years engulfed Ellicott City. Here’s how it happened.," 28 May 2018

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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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convergence

noun
con·​ver·​gence | \ kən-ˈvər-jən(t)s \

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 \ verb converged; converging
convergent \ -​ˈvər-​jənt \ adjective

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