[ ih-mur-juh ns ]
/ ɪˈmɜr dʒəns /


the act or process of emerging.
an outgrowth, as a prickle, on the surface of a plant.
Evolution. the appearance of new properties or species in the course of development or evolution.

Origin of emergence

1640–50; < French < Medieval Latin; see emergency

Related forms

non·e·mer·gence, nounre·e·mer·gence, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for emergence


/ (ɪˈmɜːdʒəns) /


the act or process of emerging
an outgrowth, such as a prickle, that contains no vascular tissue and does not develop into stem, leaf, etc
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