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


confluence, conjunction, convergency, meeting



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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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Compounding this suspicion is the fact that convergence can also happen on multiple levels, for a sort of mix-and-match accent effect. Cari Romm, The Cut, "Linguists Explain Meghan Markle’s Apparent New British Accent," 10 July 2018 That convergence is only going to intensify in the coming years. Julia Belluz, Vox, "How Silicon Valley got played by Theranos," 15 June 2018 That convergence translates to fewer people hitting the road for vacations because of budgeting concerns. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Fuel prices move toward $3 a gallon," 21 May 2018 This convergence of air led to a chimney of rapidly rising, moist air directly over the greater Frederick region. Jeff Halverson, Washington Post, "Anatomy of Tuesday’s devastating flash flood in Frederick," 16 May 2018 The most obvious convergence of the three was the bags. Noah Johnson, GQ, "Dior, Louis Vuitton, and Alyx Plot the Future of Menswear," 27 June 2018 Most of the money would be invested in innovation, helping economic convergence. The Economist, "France and Germany finally have a common position on euro-zone reform," 21 June 2018 Instead, the surge has been caused by a convergence of favorable business conditions, strong stock markets and investors’ hunger for high-growth companies. Maureen Farrell, WSJ, "IPO Market Posts Blistering First Half," 2 July 2018 The setting is defined by the convergence of the Fisher and Chippewa rivers just north of Cornell, and is aptly named and linked to the Cornell Flowage. Sharyn Alden, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Island hopping in Wisconsin: 5 worth a visit," 15 June 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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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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