(lb) Arising unexpectedly, especially if also calling for immediate reaction; constituting an emergency.
* 1918 , The Missionary Review of the World , volume 41, page 818:
Emerging; coming into view or into existence; nascent; new.
(botany) Taller than the surrounding vegetation.
(botany, of a water-dwelling plant) Having leaves and flowers above the water.
(video games) Having gameplay that arises from its mechanics, rather than a linear storyline.
* 2008 , Jim Rossignol, This Gaming Life: Travels in Three Cities (page 126)
- In all these great and vital things which America has discovered to be emergent necessities,
- In short, emergent games are ones that allow a huge range of possibilities and don't dictate a strict, linear flow of events. A strategy game is emergent because so many units can interact and have some effect on each other.
* emergent evolution
(botany) A plant whose root system grows underwater, but whose shoot, leaves and flowers grow up and above the water.
(archaic) high, lofty; towering; prominent.
noteworthy, remarkable, great
of a person, distinguished, important, noteworthy
- His eminent good sense has been a godsend to this project.
- In later years, the professor became known as an eminent historian.
* Eminent and imminent are very similar sounds, and are weak rhymes; in some dialects, these may be confused. A typo of either word may result in a correction to the wrong word by spellchecking software. Eminent may also be confused with immanent, immanant, or emanate.