What does emergence mean?

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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.

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:

    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. Jeb Bush:

    It's a different kind of hard than I expected, just because the emergence of people that have no proven record in public life.

  3. Takeshi Kasai:

    We should not be surprised to see more surges in the future. As long as transmission continues, the virus can continue to mutate, as the emergence of omicron demonstrates, reminding us of the need to stay vigilant.

  4. Alexander Haddow:

    The current Zika virus outbreak in South and Central America is another wake-up call that increased globalization and climate change will continue to lead to the emergence of viral pathogens, we need to be preparing for the next Zika virus now.

  5. Professor Chadwick:

    We are starting to see the emergence of rugby as a global sport, if you're a rugby player with two 'cauliflower' (damaged) ears and a broken nose, then that is an issue. But rugby is going to be opened up to new audiences and that will create commercial opportunities.

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