• (British) IPA: /ɪˈmɜːdʒ(ə)ns/


  1. 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. In particular: the arising of emergent structure in complex systems.
  3. (obsolete) An emergency.
    • 1812, Frances Burney, Journals and Letters, Penguin 2001, p. 452:
      I […] had recourse to an English Merchant, Mr Gregory, long settled at Dunkirk, to whom, happily, I had been recommended, as to a person capable, in any emergence, to afford me assistance.
Related terms Translations
  • French: émergence
  • Russian: всплыва́ние
  • Spanish: surgimiento

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