Thanks to the digitization of entertainment goods and the advent of 3-D printing, a host of new applications are possible.
Since the advent of NATO strikes against Gaddafi, America has found itself with some unlikely allies on the ground.
Environmentalists have responded warily to the advent of gas.
"important arrival," 1742, an extended sense of Advent "season before Christmas" (Old English), from Latin adventus "a coming, approach, arrival," in Church Latin "the coming of the Savior," from past participle stem of advenire "arrive, come to," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + venire "to come" (see venue). In English, also sometimes extended to the Pentecost.
The coming of Jesus, either in the Incarnation of biblical times or in the Second Coming at the end of the world. Also, a time observed in many Christian churches in December to prepare for Christmas.
The return of Jesus, prophesied in the New Testament, to judge the living and the dead and bring about the final triumph of good over evil. The writings of the Apostles in the New Testament express the belief that the Second Coming will happen soon and suggest that it may happen within a generation of their own time. (See Judgment Day.)
Note: Several Christian denominations, such as the Seventh-Day Adventists and the Jehovah's Witnesses, are founded on a similar belief about the imminence of Jesus' return.