Definitions

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  • adj. That converges or focuses
  • adj. A sequence in a metric space with metric d is convergent to a point , denoted as , if for every there is a natural number N such that for every  : .
  • n. the rational number obtained when a continued fraction has been terminated after a finite number of terms

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. tending to one point of focus; tending to approach each other; converging.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Tending to meet or actually meeting in a point; approaching each other, as two lines; figuratively, tending to a common result, conclusion, etc.: as, convergent lines; convergent theories.
  • n. A fraction expressing the approximate value of a continued fraction, when only some of the first incomplete quotients are used.
  • In biology, illustrative of or duo to convergence; similar in structure but different in origin (polyphyletic).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. tending to come together from different directions

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Examples

  • Students often have to engage in what we call convergent retrieval, the kind of memory called upon when there is only one possible correct answer, with no latitude whatsoever.

    A Mind at a Time

  • Even after the many kinks in "convergent" gadgets are ironed out and devices become more multi-functional, each will have its own strengths and shape.

    USATODAY.com - Manage the mobile gadgets in an always-on society

  • In his 2003 book Life's Solution: Inevitable Humans in a Lonely Universe, Conway Morris assembled a collection of examples of what is called convergent evolution.

    Victor Stenger: Contingency or Convergence?

  • Sadly for some though not me, the greatest recent example of an ensemble movie that does do not do this is, and still values the idea of convergent narrative strands is still Love Actually.

    Simon enjoyed VALENTINE’S DAY, except the two hours he spent watching the movie | Obsessed With Film

  • Almost in the next moment, though, I was reminded of something in biology called convergent evolution, which is the process whereby organisms not related to each other, separated by continents, even, independently evolve similar traits.

    Material World: New Inventions

  • You can go to this Web site and pay $5.95 for a bag of 1,500 adult ladybugs, known as convergent ladybird beetles.

    CNN Transcript May 30, 2005

  • Through the process of natural selection, it finds new uses for existing features, often resulting in what is known as convergent evolution -- the development of similar biological traits in different orders of animals, such as powered flight in birds and bats.

    PhysOrg.com - latest science and technology news stories

  • It's called convergent evolution, species that evolve in separate habitats, but because of the same threats, obstacles, and problems to overcome, they develop the same practical, advantageous traits and end up being almost identical.

    Original Signal - Transmitting Digg

  • My original edit:Sometimes called convergent recruitment, this is the current trend that is going against the assumption of common descent.

    CreationWiki - Recent changes [en]

  • Creationists assert that since bats, birds, and pterosaurs do not share a common ancestor, their wings originated separately from each other; assert that since bats, birds, and pterosaurs do share a common ancestor, but that ancestor did not have wings, then each line developed the structures independently -- a hypothetical process known as convergent evolution.

    CreationWiki - Recent changes [en]

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