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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So that’s the sort of convergence of information, that a chili pepper is mimicking a heat stimulus. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, "What Chili Peppers Can Teach Us about Pain," 5 Sep. 2019 Kira: Your story articulates an inflection point around resale—sort of a convergence of trends and forces that make now an important time for the resale industry. Marc Bain, Quartz, "10 questions about the fashion resale market, answered," 19 Aug. 2019 Sadly the pace of convergence between poor countries and rich has slowed and its scope has narrowed (see Free exchange). The Economist, "The biggest winners from the Fed’s rate cut," 1 Aug. 2019 In a separate vote, the Plan Commission also endorsed Elevation 1659, a high-end apartment proposal that Ogden Multifamily Partners LLC wants to build where North Jackson Street meets the convergence of North Water and East Brady streets. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Planned downtown high-rise mixing high-rent apartments with affordable units wins Plan Commission approval," 10 June 2019 That convergence is the only way to win consistently and to outperform your talent. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Utah preview: Punishing lines, veteran playmakers lead Utes to another South title," 26 Aug. 2019 That convergence is the only way to win consistently and to outperform your talent. Jon Wilner, The Denver Post, "Pac-12 football previews: Punishing lines, veteran playmakers lead Utah to another South title," 26 Aug. 2019 Rucker diagnosed convergence insufficiency, a condition in which the eyes are unable to work together to focus on close by objects. David Armstrong, ProPublica, "In Men, It’s Parkinson’s. In Women, It’s Hysteria.," 23 Aug. 2019 Since 2009, the South’s convergence has turned to divergence, as the region recorded the country’s slowest growth in output and wages, the lowest labor-force participation rate and the highest unemployment rate. ... Sharon Nunn, WSJ, "The South’s Economy Is Falling Behind: ‘All of a Sudden the Money Stops Flowing’," 9 June 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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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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