What does emergence mean?

Definitions for emergence
ɪˈmɜr dʒənsemer·gence

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. emergence, outgrowth, growthnoun

    the gradual beginning or coming forth

    "figurines presage the emergence of sculpture in Greece"

  2. emergence, egress, issuenoun

    the becoming visible

    "not a day's difference between the emergence of the andrenas and the opening of the willow catkins"

  3. emergence, emersionnoun

    the act of emerging

  4. egress, egression, emergencenoun

    the act of coming (or going) out; becoming apparent


  1. emergencenoun

    The act of rising out of a fluid, or coming forth from envelopment or concealment, or of rising into view; sudden uprising or appearance.

  2. emergencenoun

    In particular: the arising of emergent structure in complex systems.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Emergence, Emergencynoun

    Etymology: from emerge.

    We have read of a tyrant, who tried to prevent the emergence of murdered bodies. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. iv. c. 1.

    The emergency of colours, upon coalition of the particles of such bodies, as were neither of them of the colour of that mixture whereof they are ingredients, is very well worth our attentive observation. Robert Boyle, on Colours.

    The white colour of all refracted light, at its very first emergence, where it appears as white as before its incidence, is compounded of various colours. Isaac Newton, Opt.

    Most of our rarities have been found out by casual emergency, and have been the works of time and chance rather than of philosophy. Joseph Glanvill, Sceps. c. 21.

    In any case of emergency, he would employ the whole wealth of his empire, which he had thus amassed together in his subterraneous exchequer. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.


  1. Emergence

    In philosophy, systems theory, science, and art, emergence occurs when an entity is observed to have properties its parts do not have on their own, properties or behaviors that emerge only when the parts interact in a wider whole. Emergence plays a central role in theories of integrative levels and of complex systems. For instance, the phenomenon of life as studied in biology is an emergent property of chemistry. In philosophy, theories that emphasize emergent properties have been called emergentism.


  1. emergence

    Emergence refers to the process or event of something becoming apparent, visible, or coming into existence. In a broader or scientific context, it can also refer to the phenomenon whereby larger entities, patterns, or behaviors arise through interactions among smaller or simpler entities that themselves do not exhibit such properties.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Emergencenoun

    the act of rising out of a fluid, or coming forth from envelopment or concealment, or of rising into view; sudden uprisal or appearance


  1. Emergence

    In philosophy, systems theory, science, and art, emergence is the way complex systems and patterns arise out of a multiplicity of relatively simple interactions. Emergence is central to the theories of integrative levels and of complex systems.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'emergence' in Nouns Frequency: #2628

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of emergence in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of emergence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of emergence in a Sentence

  1. Vladimir Putin:

    Syria and Russia, as a common enemy, provide a wonderful platform for consolidation. We are ready to put up with that for a while in the hope that it will eventually lead us to some positive trend based on interaction. this reminds me very much of the events of 2003, when US representatives in the Security Council showed alleged chemical weapons discovered in Iraq. A military campaign in Iraq ensued, which ended with the destruction of the country, an increased terrorist threat and the emergence of ISIS on the international scene.

  2. Kate Jones:

    It's not OK to transform a forest into agriculture without understanding the impact that has on climate, carbon storage, disease emergence and flood risk, you can't do those things in isolation without thinking about what that does to humans.

  3. Juan Lubroth:

    What we're seeing so far is just the tip of the iceberg, transboundary emergence of the virus, likely through movements of products containing infected pork, will almost certainly occur.

  4. Vladimir Putin:

    I stress that modern challenges and threats and emergence of new destabilizing factors require an increase in the efficiency of the whole system of domestic special services.

  5. Chris Weafer:

    We are seeing the emergence of a new banking sector post-crisis.

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