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di·ver·gence

 (dĭ-vûr′jəns, dī-)
n.
1.
a. The act or process of diverging.
b. The state of being divergent.
c. The degree by which things diverge.
2. A departure from a norm; a deviation. See Synonyms at deviation.
3. A difference between or among items: "riven as the country was with competing interests and a wide divergence of incomes and ambitions" (James Conaway). See Synonyms at difference.
4. Biology The evolutionary tendency or process by which animals or plants that are descended from a common ancestor evolve into different forms when living under different conditions.
5. Mathematics The property or manner of diverging; failure to approach a limit.
6. Physiology A turning of both eyes outward from a common point or of one eye when the other is fixed.
7. Meteorology A condition characterized by the uniform expansion in volume of a mass of air over a region, usually accompanied by fair dry weather.

divergence

(daɪˈvɜːdʒəns)
n
1. the act or result of diverging or the amount by which something diverges
2. the condition of being divergent
3. (Physical Geography) meteorol the outflowing of airstreams from a particular area, caused by expanding air
4. (Mathematics) maths
a. the scalar product of the operator, ∇, and a vector function, A, where ∇= i∂/∂x + j∂/∂y+ k∂/∂z, and i, j, and k are unit vectors. Usually written: div A, A, or ∇A.. See curl11, gradient4
b. the property of being divergent
5. (General Physics) the spreading of a stream of electrons as a result of their mutual electrostatic repulsion
6. (Physiology) the turning of the eyes outwards in order to fixate an object farther away than that previously being fixated. Compare convergence7
7. (Biology) Also called: divergent evolution the evolutionary development of structures or organisms that differ from each other in form and function but have evolved from the same basic structure or organism. Compare convergence5
Also called (for senses 1, 2): divergency or divergement

di•ver•gence

(dɪˈvɜr dʒəns, daɪ-)

n.
1. an act or instance of diverging.
2. a divergent state or quality.
3. the degree or point of diverging.
4. a difference of structure in related organisms caused by different environmental pressures.
5. the net flow of air from a given region.
[1650–60; < Medieval Latin]

di·ver·gence

(dĭ-vûr′jəns)
1. Mathematics The property or manner of failing to approach a limit, such as a point, line, or value.
2. Biology The evolution of different forms or structures in related species as they adapt to different environments. An example of divergence is the development of wings in bats from the same bones that form the arm and hand or paw in most other mammals. Also called divergent evolution. Compare convergence.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.divergence - the act of moving away in different direction from a common pointdivergence - the act of moving away in different direction from a common point; "an angle is formed by the divergence of two straight lines"
separation - the act of dividing or disconnecting
2.divergence - a variation that deviates from the standard or norm; "the deviation from the mean"
variation, fluctuation - an instance of change; the rate or magnitude of change
variance, variant, discrepancy - an event that departs from expectations
driftage - the deviation (by a vessel or aircraft) from its intended course due to drifting
flection, flexion, inflection - deviation from a straight or normal course
3.divergence - an infinite series that has no limit
series - (mathematics) the sum of a finite or infinite sequence of expressions
convergency, convergence - the approach of an infinite series to a finite limit
4.divergence - a difference between conflicting facts or claims or opinionsdivergence - a difference between conflicting facts or claims or opinions; "a growing divergence of opinion"
difference - the quality of being unlike or dissimilar; "there are many differences between jazz and rock"
leeway, allowance, tolerance, margin - a permissible difference; allowing some freedom to move within limits

divergence

noun difference, varying, departure, disparity, deviation, separation There's substantial divergence of opinion in the party.

divergence

noun
2. A departing from what is prescribed:
4. The condition of being divided, as in opinion:
Translations
إنْفِراج، تَباعُد، إنْفِصال
rozdílnost
afvigelsedivergens
divergenssi
széttartás
mismunur; aîgreining; frávik
発散
divergens

divergence

[daɪˈvɜːdʒəns] Ndivergencia f

divergence

[daɪˈvɜːrəns] n (= disparity) → divergence f
a divergence of opinion → une divergence d'opinions
divergence between → divergence entre
divergence in → divergence de

divergence

nDivergenz f (geh, Math), → Auseinandergehen nt; (from a standard etc) → Abweichung f

divergence

[daɪˈvɜːdʒns] ndivergenza

diverge

(daiˈvəːdʒ) verb
1. to separate and go in different directions. The roads diverge three kilometres further on.
2. to differ (from someone or something else); to go away (from a standard). This is where our opinions diverge.
diˈvergence noun
diˈvergent adjective

di·ver·gence

n. divergencia, separación de un centro común.
References in classic literature ?
It is the very demon for conveying similarities of sound that are miracles of divergence from similarity of sense.
There was a reasonably good path now, mostly on the edge of the river, with a divergence here and there where a dyke came, with a miniature windmill on it and a muddy sluice-gate.
On the imposing expanse of the great estuary the traffic of the port where so much of the world's work and the world's thinking is being done becomes insignificant, scattered, streaming away in thin lines of ships stringing themselves out into the eastern quarter through the various navigable channels of which the Nore lightship marks the divergence.
But her face was a larger and freer copy, and her mouth in especial a happy divergence from that conservative orifice, a little pair of lips at once plump and pinched, that looked, when closed, as if they could not open wider than to swallow a gooseberry or to emit an "Oh, dear, no
There was sufficient divergence of type, as well as of individual beauty, to allow of fair comment; Lady Arabella represented the aristocratic type, and Lilla that of the commonalty.
Every time that he returned hither he was conscious of this divergence, and since he had last shared in the Vicarage life it had grown even more distinctly foreign to his own than usual.
The race divergence under the system of miseducation was fast getting wider.
But such divergence of opinion would constitute no menace to society.
He, like Sir Patrick, acknowledged the scandalous divergence of opinions produced by the confusion and uncertainty of the marriage-law of Scotland.
This fundamental subject of Natural Selection will be treated at some length in the fourth chapter; and we shall then see how Natural Selection almost inevitably causes much Extinction of the less improved forms of life and induces what I have called Divergence of Character.
Hence I think there is not much difficulty in understanding the ascent of the fine lines projected from a spider's spinners, and afterwards of the spider itself; the divergence of the lines has been attempted to be explained, I believe by Mr.
As if the homeless soul of Stevie had flown for shelter straight to the breast of his sister, guardian and protector, the resemblance of her face with that of her brother grew at every step, even to the droop of the lower lip, even to the slight divergence of the eyes.