[kuh n-vur-juh ns]


Also con·ver·gen·cy (for defs 1–3).

Origin of convergence

First recorded in 1705–15; converg(ent) + -ence
Related formsnon·con·ver·gence, nounnon·con·ver·gen·cy, nounre·con·ver·gence, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for convergence

confluence, meeting, concurrence

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British Dictionary definitions for convergence



Also called: convergency the act, degree, or a point of converging
concurrence of opinions, results, etc
maths the property or manner of approaching a finite limit, esp of an infinite seriesconditional convergence
the combining of different forms of electronic technology, such as data processing and word processing converging into information processing
Also called: convergent evolution the evolutionary development of a superficial resemblance between unrelated animals that occupy a similar environment, as in the evolution of wings in birds and bats
meteorol an accumulation of air in a region that has a greater inflow than outflow of air, often giving rise to vertical air currentsSee also Intertropical Convergence Zone
the turning of the eyes inwards in order to fixate an object nearer than that previously being fixatedCompare divergence (def. 6)
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Word Origin and History for convergence

1713, from converge + -ence. Related: Convergent. Convergent evolution was in use among biologists by 1890.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

convergence in Medicine




The process of coming together or the state of having come together toward a common point.
Such a gathering at a single preganglionic motor neuron of several postganglionic motor neurons.
The coordinated turning of the eyes inward to focus on an object at close range.
The adaptive evolution of superficially similar structures, such as the wings of birds and insects, in unrelated species subjected to similar environments.convergent evolution
The movement of cells from the periphery of the embryo toward the midline during gastrulation.
Related formscon•verge v.con•vergent adj.
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convergence in Science



Mathematics The property or manner of approaching a limit, such as a point, line, or value.
Biology The evolution of superficially similar structures in unrelated species as they adapt to similar environments. Examples of convergence are the development of fins independently in both fish and whales and of wings in insects, birds, and bats. Also called convergent evolution Compare divergence.
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