E*mer"gent (?), a. [L. emergens, p. pr. of emergere.]
Rising or emerging out of a fluid or anything that covers or conceals; issuing; coming to light.
The mountains huge appear emergent.
Suddenly appearing; arising unexpectedly; alling fro prompt action; urgent.
Protection granted in emergent danger.
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.]
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