Definition of convergence in US English:


(also convergency)


  • 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.’
    • ‘Media convergence is indeed the wave of the future.’
    • ‘The cats are arranged so they create patterns, like a kaleidoscope, forming mirror images of one another, folding and unfolding along lines of 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.’
    • ‘The only real downside is that the process of convergence is likely to be messy.’
    • ‘A much more interesting question is how convergence impacts business models.’
    • ‘At the same time, the advances that have made convergence possible are the products of individual creativity.’
    • ‘Constitutions demonstrate the processes of emulation and convergence.’
    • ‘The convergence of politics, business, culture, law and higher education are its strengths.’
    • ‘In short, different areas of Europe became involved in the processes of convergence and integration at very different times, and from very different backgrounds.’
    • ‘Yet some critics equate convergence with a loss of jobs, heavier workloads for journalists, and monolithic news and opinion.’
    • ‘Finally, some consistency and convergency is occurring in this arena, which allows for the repeatable specification of independent variables.’
    • ‘The convergence of communications processing is an issue.’
    • ‘At the same time, even the processes of weak convergence that we documented remain far from complete.’
    • ‘The literature laying out the case for convergence likewise deserves critical scrutiny, however.’
    • ‘For what his data show is a powerful process of convergence, far from complete in extent but unequivocal in direction.’
    • ‘This convergence has important implications for research and teaching in business schools.’
    • ‘The researcher looks for patterns of convergence to develop or corroborate an overall interpretation.’
    • ‘These were brought together and placed in a linear narrative sequence in a process of historical convergence.’
    • ‘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.
      • ‘Such a discovery could also provide a compelling explanation for evolutionary convergence.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some of these similarities probably represent evolutionary convergence; others may be ancestral to plants and animals.’
      • ‘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 low-density surface water moved shoreward over the upwelled water, forming a convergence zone at the front.’
      • ‘Does the Inter-Tropical convergence zone move as it should?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The area where this is going on is called the Intertropical convergence zone.’
      • ‘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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