1. intr. ‘To tend to
one point from different places’ (J.); to tend to meet in a point; to
approach nearer together, as lines do, which meet if produced far
enough. The opposite of diverge.
Acc. New Invent.
The sides of the Ship converge into an Angle.
Rays coming converging out of a rarer into a denser medium, converge
less..than if they had continued their motion through the first medium.
To the south-west..the mountains converge into a single ridge.
Forces from these four points were to converge on London.
In the catchment-basin all the branches converge to the main stream; in
the delta they all diverge from the trunk channel.
fig. To tend to meet in a common result or point of operation.
Every circumstance converges to the same effect on the mind.
We find much and varied evidence converging to support the hypothesis.
c. Math. To approximate in the sum of its terms toward a
definite limit: see
The first series is called a converging one, because that by collecting
its terms successively, taking in always one term more, the successive
terms approximate or converge to the value or sum of the whole infinite
This series converges very rapidly.
2. trans. To cause (lines or rays) to approach each other;
to cause to come together.
(1852) II. 537
The object-glass..and the eye-glass..one to converge the rays collected
by the other.
By converging the sun-beams into a narrow compass.
Wks. IV. 304
A central rendezvous for converging them.
Possibilities of Creation
Power of converging the optic axes.