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divergence

[ dih-vur-juhns, dahy- ]
/ dɪˈvɜr dʒəns, daɪ- /
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noun
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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Origin of divergence

From the Medieval Latin word dīvergentia, dating back to 1650–60. See diverge, -ence

OTHER WORDS FROM divergence

non·di·ver·gence, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for divergence

divergence
/ (daɪˈvɜːdʒəns) /

noun
Also called (for senses 1, 2): divergency
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Scientific definitions for divergence

divergence
[ dĭ-vûrjəns ]

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.
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