Meaning of CONVERGENCE in English


/keuhn verr"jeuhns/ , n.

1. an act or instance of converging.

2. a convergent state or quality.

3. the degree or point at which lines, objects, etc., converge.

4. Ophthalm. a coordinated turning of the eyes to bear upon a near point.

5. Physics.

a. the contraction of a vector field.

b. a measure of this.

6. Meteorol. a net flow of air into a given region. Cf. divergence (def. 2).

7. Biol. similarity of form or structure caused by environment rather than heredity.

Also, convergency (for defs. 1-3).

[ 1705-15; CONVERG(ENT) + -ENCE ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .