- The definition of convergence refers to two or more things coming together, joining together or evolving into one.
An example of convergence is when a crowd of people all move together into a unified group.
- the act, fact, or condition of converging
- the point at which things converge
- Biol. the development of similarities in unrelated organisms living in similar environments
Origin of convergence; from convergent
- The act, condition, quality, or fact of converging.
- Mathematics The property or manner of approaching a limit, such as a point, line, function, or value.
- The point of converging; a meeting place: a town at the convergence of two rivers.
- Physiology The coordinated turning of the eyes inward to focus on an object at close range.
- Biology The adaptive evolution of superficially similar structures, such as the wings of birds and insects, in unrelated species subjected to similar environments. Also called convergent evolution.
(countable and uncountable, plural convergences)
- The act of moving toward union or uniformity.
- The convergence or divergence of the rays falling on the pupil. — Berkeley.
- A meeting place.
- We built a homestead at the convergence of two rivers
- The intersection of three electron beams for red, green and blue onto a single pixel in a CRT.
- (mathematics) The process of approaching some limiting value.
- (physiology) The coordinated focusing of the eyes, especially at short range.
- (biology) The evolution of similar structures or traits in unrelated species in similar environments; convergent evolution.
- The merging of distinct technologies, industries, or devices into a unified whole.
convergence - Computer Definition
- The moving from different directions towards union or one another, especially referring to entities that were very different or even opposed.
- In telecommunications, the coming together of voice, facsimile, data, video, and image applications, systems, and networks, both wireline and wireless. The developing IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) currently comes closest to full-on convergence. IMS is an architectural concept built around a packet core and providing an environment in which a user can access a wide range of multimedia services using any device and any type of network connection. See also IMS.
convergence - Investment & Finance Definition
The degree to which the price in a futures or forward market moves toward, or converges, with prices in the cash market as the expiration date approaches. Generally, if convergence is reached at expiration, then that market is likely to be more liquid and easily traded. A trader can be fairly certain that a stock index contract closely matches the cash settlement value of the actual stocks, so it serves as a good hedge. If convergence is less definite, then the pricing relationships between the futures contract and the cash product are less defined and may pose problems for traders or arbitrageurs who want to use the financial instruments to hedge their risk.