Definition of convergence in English:

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Pronunciation: /kənˈvəːdʒ(ə)ns/
(also convergency)


[mass noun]
1The process or state of converging: the convergence of lines in the distance
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  • Finally, some consistency and convergency is occurring in this arena, which allows for the repeatable specification of independent variables.
  • 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.
1.1 Biology The tendency of unrelated animals and plants to evolve superficially similar characteristics under similar environmental conditions: these bivalves have assumed similar characters by convergence
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  • 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?
  • Such a discovery could also provide a compelling explanation for evolutionary convergence.
1.2 (also convergence zone) A location where airflows or ocean currents meet, characteristically marked by upwelling (of air) or downwelling (of water).
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  • The area where this is going on is called the Intertropical convergence zone.
  • 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?

Words that rhyme with convergence

divergence, emergence, insurgence, resurgence, submergence

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