convergence

noun
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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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 jet stream is currently raging, the Washington Post reports, because of the convergence of abnormally hot air in the southern U.S. with frigid temperatures in the North. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Virgin Flight Reaches 801 MPH as Furious Jet Stream Propels Plane Faster Than Speed of Sound," 19 Feb. 2019 Bank stocks were also hard hit as longer-term yields declined; the convergence of short- and long-term rates threatens to crimp lenders’ margins. David Hodari, WSJ, "Dow Tumbles Nearly 800 Points as Trade Jitters Return," 4 Dec. 2018 The trend also continues to show a convergence in the median price of condos and single-family homes. Katheleen Conti, BostonGlobe.com, "There’s no sign of a slowdown in Mass. home prices," 23 May 2018 The hotel is near Spaghetti Junction, the convergence of I-285 and I-85 north of Atlanta, an area that has been redeveloping in the past few years but still faces shuttered, dilapidated properties and aging apartment complexes. Joshua Sharpe, ajc, "Lawsuit: DeKalb motel ignored 1,500 crimes in area before man’s death," 5 June 2018 As the two spar about many subjects—morality, art, music, the theater, and the scourge of insufficient talent—unsuspected points of convergence appear. Dan Hofstadter, WSJ, "‘Diderot’ Review: Wherever His Mind Led Him," 15 Feb. 2019 Their movements are as synchronized as those of soldiers in formation; their voices, a harmonic convergence that finds the melody in anger. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Fall’ Delivers Stirring Protest in South Africa," 12 Mar. 2018 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

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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 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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