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.]
adj : coming into existence; "a nascent republic" [syn: emerging,