- the act, fact, or amount of diverging: a divergence in opinion.
- (in physics, meteorology, etc.) the total amount of flux escaping an infinitesimal volume at a point in a vector field, as the net flow of air from a given region.
- Ophthalmology. a turning motion of the eyeballs outward in relation to each other.
- Electronics. the spreading of a stream of electrons resulting from their mutual electrostatic repulsion.
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Examples from the Web for divergence
Tris refuses to conform to societal conventions, both in terms of her divergence and her sexuality.Sex Won’t Kill Young Adult Heroines: ‘Divergent’ and Rape Culture
March 28, 2014
And this divergence is taking place even as defense spending is being cut due to the sequester.Shares of defense contractors rise as Syria tensions mount
August 29, 2013
The study weighed more than a dozen factors to see which were causing the divergence in mortality rates.Does Joblessness Lower Life Expectancy?
May 30, 2013
This divergence has an impact on other measurements of social health.Poverty and Growth: Retro-Urbanists Cling to the Myth of Suburban Decline
Joel Kotkin, Wendell Cox
May 21, 2013
In fact, the divergence in the family patterns of the affluent and the disadvantaged is more a matter of economics than culture.Charles Murray’s ‘Coming Apart’ and the Culture Myth
Ralph Richard Banks
February 8, 2012
They had arrived by an oft-trodden path to an ancient point of divergence.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
This divergence of taste and sympathies is no laughing matter.
Just for one brief moment he contemplated a divergence from his course.The Law-Breakers
There may and must be divergence of opinion as to the safest way to overcome intemperance.Psychotherapy
Robin's divergence from his father's ways was, secretly, an acute disappointment to her.Mary Gray
- the act or result of diverging or the amount by which something diverges
- the condition of being divergent
- meteorol the outflowing of airstreams from a particular area, caused by expanding air
- the spreading of a stream of electrons as a result of their mutual electrostatic repulsion
- the turning of the eyes outwards in order to fixate an object farther away than that previously being fixatedCompare convergence (def. 7)
- 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 organismCompare convergence (def. 5)
Word Origin and History for divergence
1650s, from Modern Latin divergentia, from divergens (see diverge). Related: Divergency.
- A moving or spreading apart in different directions from a common point.
- The degree by which things deviate or spread apart.
- A turning of both eyes outward from a common point or of one eye when the other is fixed.
- The spreading of branches of the neuron to form synapses with several other neurons.
- The evolutionary process by which organisms descended from a common ancestor tend to acquire different forms when living under different conditions.
- Mathematics The property or manner of failing to approach a limit, such as a point, line, or value.
- 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.