emergent
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ɪ.ˈmɜː.dʒənt/
Adjective

emergent

  1. Emerging; coming into view or into existence; nascent; new.
  2. Arising unexpectedly, especially if also calling for immediate reaction; constituting an emergency.
  3. (botany) Taller than the surrounding vegetation.
  4. (botany, of a water-dwelling plant) Having leaves and flowers above the water.
  5. (video games) Having gameplay that arises from its mechanics, rather than a linear storyline.
    • 2008, Jim Rossignol, This Gaming Life: Travels in Three Cities (page 126)
      In short, emergent games are ones that allow a huge range of possibilities and don't dictate a strict, linear flow of events. A strategy game is emergent because so many units can interact and have some effect on each other.
  6. (philosophy, science) Having properties as a whole that are more complex than the properties contributed by each of the components individually.
Translations Noun

emergent (plural emergents)

  1. (botany) A plant whose root system grows underwater, but whose shoot, leaves and flowers grow up and above the water.



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