Definition of convergence in English:


Line breaks: con|ver¦gence
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?

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