emergence

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
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n the act of emerging

Synonyms:
emersion
Type of:
appearance
the act of appearing in public view

n 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
Types:
eruption
the emergence of a tooth as it breaks through the gum
dissilience
the emergence of seeds as seed pods burst open when they are ripe
Type of:
beginning
the event consisting of the start of something

n the act of coming (or going) out; becoming apparent

Synonyms:
egress, egression
Types:
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surfacing
emerging to the surface and becoming apparent
emanation, emission
the act of emitting; causing to flow forth
radiation
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

n the gradual beginning or coming forth

“figurines presage the emergence of sculpture in Greece”
Synonyms:
growth, outgrowth
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rise
a growth in strength or number or importance
crime wave
a sudden rise in the crime rate
wave
something that rises rapidly
spike
a sharp rise followed by a sharp decline
Type of:
beginning
the event consisting of the start of something

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