An emergence is when something comes into view — like the emergence of a seedling in a garden or the famous emergence of Punxsutawney Phil on Groundhog Day — which is supposed to show how soon spring will "emerge."

Emergence is a noun that goes back to the Latin root emergere, meaning "bring to light," and it came into English in the 17th century. Just as something comes to light or shows up where there was darkness or nothing before, an emergence happens — like new technologies such as the emergence of e-readers. Pronouncing emergence is the same as pronouncing emergency but without the long e sound at the end.

Definitions of emergence
  1. noun
    the act of emerging
    synonyms: emersion
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    the act of appearing in public view
  2. noun
    the act of becoming visible
    “not a day's difference between the emergence of the andrenas and the opening of the willow catkins”
    synonyms: egress, issue
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    the emergence of a tooth as it breaks through the gum
    the emergence of seeds as seed pods burst open when they are ripe
    type of:
    the event consisting of the start of something
  3. noun
    the act of coming (or going) out; becoming apparent
    synonyms: egress, egression
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    emerging to the surface and becoming apparent
    emanation, emission
    the act of emitting; causing to flow forth
    the act of spreading outward from a central source
    discharge, venting
    the act of venting
    type of:
    act, deed, human action, human activity
    something that people do or cause to happen
  4. noun
    the gradual beginning or coming forth
    “figurines presage the emergence of sculpture in Greece”
    synonyms: growth, outgrowth
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    a growth in strength or number or importance
    crime wave
    a sudden rise in the crime rate
    something that rises rapidly
    a sharp rise followed by a sharp decline
    type of:
    the event consisting of the start of something
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