a. Coming into view, existence, or notice: emergent spring shoots; an emergent political leader.
b. Emerging: emergent nations.
a. Rising above a surrounding medium, especially a fluid.
b. Of or relating to aquatic plants such as cattails or rushes that are rooted below a body of water or in an area that is periodically submerged but extend above the water level.
c. Relating to an exceptionally tall tree whose crown extends well above the level of the upper canopy.
a. Arising or occurring unexpectedly: money laid aside for emergent contingencies.
b. Demanding prompt action; urgent.
4. Occurring as a consequence; resultant: economic problems emergent from the restriction of credit.
1. One that is emerging or coming into view or existence.
a. An emergent aquatic plant.
b. An emergent tree.
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