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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ In order of their emergence, they are deferred imitation, symbolic play, drawing, mental imagery, and spoken language.
▪ Many factors, or combinations of factors, can contribute to disease emergence.
▪ The nationalists do not see the emergence of nationalism in this way.
▪ The potential application of this technology to monitoring environmental changes that could affect the emergence of infectious diseases will be assessed.
▪ The second way makes the emergence of syntactic combinations seem much less fortuitous.
▪ There is also a new enforcement factor at work, which is the emergence of global markets attuned to fiscal responsibility.
▪ This immediate post-war shortage ushered in what may be identified as the first phase of the emergence of headhunting.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Emergence \E*mer"gence\, n.; pl. Emergences. The act of rising out of a fluid, or coming forth from envelopment or concealment, or of rising into view; sudden uprisal or appearance.

The white color of all refracted light, at its very first emergence . . . is compounded of various colors.
--Sir I. Newton.

When from the deep thy bright emergence sprung.
--H. Brooke.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1640s, "unforeseen occurrence," from French émergence, from emerger, from Latin emergere "rise up" (see emerge). Meaning "an emerging, process of coming forth" is from 1704.


n. 1 The act of rise 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.

  1. n. the gradual beginning or coming forth; "figurines presage the emergence of sculpture in Greece" [syn: outgrowth, growth]

  2. the becoming visible; "not a day's difference between the emergence of the andrenas and the opening of the willow catkins" [syn: egress, issue]

  3. the act of emerging [syn: emersion]

  4. the act of coming (or going) out; becoming apparent [syn: egress, egression]


In philosophy, systems theory, science, and art, emergence is a process whereby larger entities, patterns, and regularities arise through interactions among smaller or simpler entities that themselves do not exhibit such properties.

Emergence is central 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 and psychological phenomena emerge from the neurobiological phenomena of living things. Likewise, economic and legal phenomena emerge from psychology.

In philosophy, emergence typically refers to emergentism. Almost all accounts of emergentism include a form of epistemic or ontological irreducibility to the lower levels.

Emergence (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

__NOTOC__ "Emergence" is the 175th episode of the science fiction television seriesStar Trek: The Next Generation. The 23rd episode of the seventh season.

Emergence (disambiguation)

Emergence is the process of complex pattern formation from more basic constituent parts.

Emergence (novel)

Emergence is a science fiction novel written by David R. Palmer. It first appeared as a novella published in Analog Science Fiction in 1981. Analog also published Part II, 'Seeking,' in 1983. The completed novel then was published by Bantam in 1984. The plot follows a precocious 11-year-old orphan girl, living in a post-apocalyptic United States. It had three printings through July 1985, and was republished in 1990 as a "Signature Special Edition" with a few minor edits and a new afterword by the author.

Emergence was Palmer's first published novel. It was developed from a pair of Hugo and Nebula award nominated novellas originally published in Analog magazine. The novel itself was nominated for a Hugo Award, a pair of Locus awards (for first novel and science fiction novel), was a finalist for a Philip K. Dick Award, and won the Compton Crook Award.

Palmer's sequel to Emergence, entitled Tracking, was serialized in Analog in 2008. Wormhole Press was short-listed to release Tracking and re-release Emergence as both paperbacks and in hardcover, but as of October 2010 the publisher appears to be out of business.

Émergence (Natasha St-Pier album)

Emergence is the first studio album by Natasha St-Pier released on 1996.

Emergence (Miroslav Vitous album)

Emergence is a solo album by Czech bassist Miroslav Vitous recorded in 1985 and released on the ECM label.

Emergence (Neil Sedaka album)

Emergence is an album by the American pop singer Neil Sedaka, released in 1971. The album was issued on the RCA Victor label, marking a short-lived reunion between Sedaka and RCA since RCA dropped him from their label at the end of 1966. Emergence was released in some areas on Kirshner Records, Don Kirshner's private record label. The album was not a sales success, but has acquired a cult following among Sedaka's fans. Four of its songs made their way onto 45 rpm singles releases: "I'm A Song (Sing Me)" b/w "Silent Movies" and "Superbird" b/w "Rosemary Blue".

Emergence (Whit Dickey album)

Emergence is an album by American jazz drummer Whit Dickey recorded in 2009 and released on the Polish Not Two label. It features eight collective improvisations by a trio which includes Japanese pianist Eri Yamamoto and multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter. Yamamoto and Carter played together previously on Duologue, a collection of duets by the pianist.

Emergence (sculpture)

Emergence is an outdoor 1981 bronze sculpture by Don Eckland, installed in the Education Courtyard, on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene, Oregon, in the United States. The work is one of two by Eckland on the campus; New Horizons (1981) is also installed in the Education Courtyard.

Usage examples of "emergence".

The absolutist and patrimonial model survived in this period only with the support of a specific compromise of political forces, and its substance was eroding from the inside owing primarily to the emergence of new productive forces.

There may have been elements of luck in the emergence of chloroplasts, but once these things were on the scene, the evolution of the sky became absolutely ordained.

It was tempting to see a connection between this imagery and the Andean traditions that spoke of the emergence of the civilizer god Viracocha from the waters of Lake Titicaca after an earth-destroying flood.

Thus, on level 1, or A, we already find dissipative or self-organizing structures, holons with depth and span, creative emergence, increasing complexity, evolutionary development, differentiation, self-transcendence, teleological attractors, and so forth.

Andromeda about the period of the birth of Stephen Dedalus, and in and from the constellation of Auriga some years after the birth and death of Rudolph Bloom, junior, and in and from other constellations some years before or after the birth or death of other persons: the attendant phenomena of eclipses, solar and lunar, from immersion to emersion, abatement of wind, transit of shadow, taciturnity of winged creatures, emergence of nocturnal or crepuscular animals, persistence of infernal light, obscurity of terrestrial waters, pallor of human beings.

He walked about the courtyard smoking, looking sometimes on the solemn front of the old palatial mansion, and sometimes breathing a white film up to the stars, impatient, like the enamoured Aladdin, watching in ambuscade for the emergence of the Princess Badroulbadour.

Thus, the real dissimilarity between the emergent status of fluidity in water and the emergent status of consciousness from the brain is that the former is a low-level, or primitive, emergence, while the latter is a high-level, or complex, emergence.

The emergence of Hedonic Self-oriented Consumerism as Dom-Species is now projected for 1976, local time.

There, distinctive subcultures of defeat emerged, shocking yet mesmerizing symbols of the collapse of the old order and the emergence of a new spirit of iconoclasm and self-reliance.

We should note that one consequence of the informatization of production and the emergence of immaterial labor has been a real homogenization of laboring processes.

With the emergence of the running prey population, thecodonts were unable to meet their food requirements.

With the chaos created by the emergence of this new Bedlam, there has been too much trickery, too much treachery.

If the emergence of metazoans led to mass extinctions among microbial life, we have no record of them.

If anything dismayed him it was his own emergence as the iconic genius of the Perihelion Foundation, or at least its scientific celebrity, poster child for the transformation of Mars.

The superconscious is reduced to the subconscious, the transpersonal is collapsed to the prepersonal, the emergence of the higher is reinterpreted as an irruption from the lower.