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. [1913 Webster]

The mountains huge appear emergent. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Suddenly appearing; arising unexpectedly; calling for prompt action; urgent. [1913 Webster]

Protection granted in emergent danger. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

{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.] [1913 Webster]

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