Definition of convergence in English:


(also convergency)


mass noun
  • 1The process or state of converging.

    ‘the convergence of lines in the distance’
    • ‘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 researcher looks for patterns of convergence to develop or corroborate an overall interpretation.’
    • ‘At the same time, even the processes of weak convergence that we documented remain far from complete.’
    • ‘In short, different areas of Europe became involved in the processes of convergence and integration at very different times, and from very different backgrounds.’
    • ‘The cats are arranged so they create patterns, like a kaleidoscope, forming mirror images of one another, folding and unfolding along lines of convergence.’
    • ‘Media convergence is indeed the wave of the future.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The only real downside is that the process of convergence is likely to be messy.’
    • ‘For what his data show is a powerful process of convergence, far from complete in extent but unequivocal in direction.’
    • ‘Yet some critics equate convergence with a loss of jobs, heavier workloads for journalists, and monolithic news and opinion.’
    • ‘The literature laying out the case for convergence likewise deserves critical scrutiny, however.’
    • ‘Constitutions demonstrate the processes of emulation and convergence.’
    • ‘Finally, some consistency and convergency is occurring in this arena, which allows for the repeatable specification of independent variables.’
    • ‘The convergence of politics, business, culture, law and higher education are its strengths.’
    • ‘A much more interesting question is how convergence impacts business models.’
    • ‘This convergence has important implications for research and teaching in business schools.’
    • ‘These were brought together and placed in a linear narrative sequence in a process of historical convergence.’
    • ‘The convergence of communications processing is an issue.’
    • ‘At the same time, the advances that have made convergence possible are the products of individual creativity.’
    • ‘This move started the process of gradual convergence of the two earlier independent jobs - air navigation and bombing.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Third, is there evolutionary convergence in the types of amino acid substitutions that characterize adaptation to temperature?’
      • ‘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).
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Does the Inter-Tropical convergence zone move as it should?’
      coming together, confluence, conjunction, union, junction, abutment, concourse, intersection, t-junction, crossing
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