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


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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This particular convergence of time and space is rare, happening only about once every 20 years, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. Kirk Mitchell, The Know, "This week’s Friday the 13th will have a rare full moon — which only happens once every 20 years," 10 Sep. 2019 More than any policy convergence, the alliance of 5-Stars and Democrats mainly hinges on mutual determination to keep out of power Salvini and his anti-migrant League, soaring in opinion polls for months. Washington Post, "Italy’s Conte wins first confidence vote in Parliament," 10 Sep. 2019 This convergence of Bolsonaro’s attack on the Amazon and the US-China trade war driving up prices for agribusiness products from Brazil are really a perfect storm, helping to drive people to burn and grab land. William Thomson, Quartz, "To save our forests, give them back to the people they were stolen from," 5 Sep. 2019 The president’s twitter tirade could lead to greater policy convergence, too. The Economist, "A meeting of economists and central bankers was overshadowed by President Donald Trump," 29 Aug. 2019 The patch is formed by the convergence of several ocean currents, which creates a vortex that traps floating debris, including plastics. Matthew Pera, The Mercury News, "Bay Area group leads cleanup of 40 tons of plastic from ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’," 3 July 2019 As development encroached, Henry Kuiper was approached about allowing a fast-food restaurant be built on a portion of his land at the convergence of Interstate 94 and Highway 20, now a significant exit for motorists seeking fuel and a bite to eat. Henry Schulman,, "Henry J. Kuiper, farmer and father of three broadcasters, dies at 94," 16 Aug. 2019 The 1970s witnessed the convergence of multiple crises, political and economic. Mario Del Pero, Washington Post, "How the 1970s spawned democracy’s current crisis," 1 Aug. 2019 Portland police took a social media shake-in-the-face for tweeting out that some milkshakes distributed last weekend at a convergence of protests downtown contained quick-drying cement., "No concrete in these milkshakes. Portland protests highlight American classic, so here are some options for non-weaponized treats," 4 July 2019

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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 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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