Definition of convergence in English:


(also convergency)


mass noun
  • 1The process or state of converging.

    ‘the convergence of lines in the distance’
    • ‘The convergence of communications processing is an issue.’
    • ‘For what his data show is a powerful process of convergence, far from complete in extent but unequivocal in direction.’
    • ‘The literature laying out the case for convergence likewise deserves critical scrutiny, however.’
    • ‘The cats are arranged so they create patterns, like a kaleidoscope, forming mirror images of one another, folding and unfolding along lines of convergence.’
    • ‘Finally, some consistency and convergency is occurring in this arena, which allows for the repeatable specification of independent variables.’
    • ‘The researcher looks for patterns of convergence to develop or corroborate an overall interpretation.’
    • ‘This convergence has important implications for research and teaching in business schools.’
    • ‘Media convergence is indeed the wave of the future.’
    • ‘At the same time, even the processes of weak convergence that we documented remain far from complete.’
    • ‘The only real downside is that the process of convergence is likely to be messy.’
    • ‘Yet some critics equate convergence with a loss of jobs, heavier workloads for journalists, and monolithic news and opinion.’
    • ‘At the same time, the advances that have made convergence possible are the products of individual creativity.’
    • ‘A much more interesting question is how convergence impacts business models.’
    • ‘Constitutions demonstrate the processes of emulation and convergence.’
    • ‘This move started the process of gradual convergence of the two earlier independent jobs - air navigation and bombing.’
    • ‘In short, different areas of Europe became involved in the processes of convergence and integration at very different times, and from very different backgrounds.’
    • ‘These were brought together and placed in a linear narrative sequence in a process of historical convergence.’
    • ‘The other vantage seemed to be from some sort of map, and there were lines of convergence between many points that were marked in various colors.’
    • ‘It was also realised that globalisation is not a homogeneous process, but contains a striking paradox in that it brings about both convergence and divergence.’
    • ‘The convergence of politics, business, culture, law and higher education are its strengths.’
    junction, fork, branching, intersection, interchange, confluence, meeting point, crossing, criss-crossing, vertex, apex
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    1. 1.1Biology The tendency of unrelated animals and plants to evolve superficially similar characteristics under similar environmental conditions.
      ‘these bivalves have assumed similar characters by convergence’
      • ‘Third, is there evolutionary convergence in the types of amino acid substitutions that characterize adaptation to temperature?’
      • ‘Such a discovery could also provide a compelling explanation for evolutionary convergence.’
      • ‘Some of these similarities probably represent evolutionary convergence; others may be ancestral to plants and animals.’
      • ‘So there is nothing in the mere fact of convergence that calls evolutionary theory into doubt.’
      • ‘Alternatively, the similarity in adaptive response is a matter of convergence.’
    2. 1.2 A location where airflows or ocean currents meet, characteristically marked by upwelling (of air) or downwelling (of water).
      • ‘Does the Inter-Tropical convergence zone move as it should?’
      • ‘The low-density surface water moved shoreward over the upwelled water, forming a convergence zone at the front.’
      • ‘The area where this is going on is called the Intertropical convergence zone.’
      • ‘The assumption is that a strong convergence zone appeared in the skies above central Namibia which was the cause of the downpours of the last two weeks.’
      • ‘Another convergence zone is found along the continent's northwestern coast, where the Caribbean Plate also slides under the South American Plate, forming the northeastern extension of the Andes.’
      coming together, confluence, conjunction, union, junction, abutment, concourse, intersection, t-junction, crossing
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