2. [syn: emergent, emerging]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Emergent \E*mer"gent\, a. [L. emergens, p. pr. of emergere.]
1. Rising or emerging out of a fluid or anything that covers
or conceals; issuing; coming to light.
The mountains huge appear emergent. --Milton.
2. Suddenly appearing; arising unexpectedly; calling for
prompt action; urgent.
Protection granted in emergent danger. --Burke.
Emergent year (Chron.), the epoch or date from which any
people begin to compute their time or dates; as, the
emergent year of Christendom is that of the birth of
Christ; the emergent year of the United States is that of
the declaration of their independence. -- E*mer"gent*ly,
adv. -- E*mer"gent*ness, n. [R.]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: occurring unexpectedly and requiring urgent action;
"emergent repair of an aorta"
2: coming into existence; "an emergent republic" [syn:
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
48 Moby Thesaurus words for "emergent":
approaching, arising, charged, climacteric, coming, critical,
crucial, decisive, desired, destinal, destined, determined,
emanating, emanative, emanent, emerging, eventual, exigent,
extrapolated, fatal, fated, fatidic, forthcoming, future,
futuristic, hereafter, hoped-for, imminent, issuing, kairotic,
later, loaded, nearing, pivotal, planned, plotted, predicted,
pregnant, probable, projected, prophesied, prospective, surfacing,
to come, to-be, transeunt, transient, ultimate