from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To diverge at a wide angle; spread apart.
- adj. Biology Branching or spreading widely from a point or axis, as branches or on an insect's wings; diverging.
- adj. Relating to a separation of two bones normally adjacent or attached but not located in a joint; distatic.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to spread apart; to diverge, to branch off
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To part into two branches; to become bifid; to fork.
- intransitive v. To diverge; to be divaricate.
- transitive v. To divide into two branches; to cause to branch apart.
- adj. Diverging; spreading asunder; widely diverging.
- adj. Forking and diverging; widely diverging; as the branches of a tree, or as lines of sculpture, or color markings on animals, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To spread or move apart; branch off; turn away or aside; diverge: with from: as, to divaricate from the will of God.
- In botany and zoology, to branch off at an obtuse angle; diverge widely.
- To divide into branches; cause to diverge or branch apart.
- In botany, branching off, as from a stem or axis, at or almost at a right angle; widely divergent.
- In zoology, divergent at any considerable angle; standing off or apart from one another; spreading away, as two parts of something; forked, or forficate: specifically applied to the wings of insects when they are incumbent on the body in repose, but spreading apart toward their tips.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. branch off
- v. spread apart
Latin dīvāricāre, dīvāricāt- : dī, dis-, dis- + vāricāre, to straddle (from vārus, bent).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin divaricat-, past participle stem of divaricare, from di- + varicare ("stretch (the legs) apart"), from varicus ("straddling"). (Wiktionary)