American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To go or extend in different directions from a common point; branch out.
- v. To differ, as in opinion or manner.
- v. To depart from a set course or norm; deviate. See Synonyms at swerve.
- v. Mathematics To fail to approach a limit.
- v. To cause (light rays, for example) to diverge; deflect.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To move or lie in different directions from a common point; branch off: opposed to converge.
- In general, to become or be separated from another, or one from another; take different courses or directions: as, diverging trains of thought; lives that diverge one from the other.
- To differ from a typical form; vary from a normal state or from the truth.
- In mathematics, to become larger (in modulus) without limit: said of an infinite series when, on adding the terms, beginning with the first, the sum increases indefinitely toward infinity. A series may be divergent without diverging. See divergent series, under divergent.
- v. intransitive, literally To run apart; to separate; to tend into different directions.
- v. intransitive, figuratively To become different; to run apart; to separate; to tend into different directions.
- v. intransitive, literally To separate, to tend into a different direction (from another line or path).
- v. intransitive, figuratively To become different, to separate (from another line or path).
- v. intransitive, mathematics, of a sequence Not to converge: to have no limit, or no finite limit.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To extend from a common point in different directions; to tend from one point and recede from each other; to tend to spread apart; to turn aside or deviate (as from a given direction); -- opposed to
- v. To differ from a typical form; to vary from a normal condition; to dissent from a creed or position generally held or taken.
- v. have no limits as a mathematical series
- v. be at variance with; be out of line with
- v. move or draw apart
- v. extend in a different direction
- From Medieval Latin dīvergō ("bend away from, go in a different direction"), from Latin dī- + vergō ("bend"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin dīvergere : Latin dī-, dis-, apart; see dis- + Latin vergere, to bend. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Strangely, the tracks did not diverge from the ones they had been following.”
“The Time after the enabling legislation is used to sculpt specific Vested Interest desires, which often diverge from the enabling Polity's understanding of the Regulation.”
“To go through all of these options, however, would be to diverge from the point of discussion, which is Diamond's paternalistic assumption.”
“But where you and I diverge is this fear that consumers might somehow be led astray by these designations.”
“Yet what Jerry did was to diverge from the line of retreat and to start northward, across the bounds of Somo, and continue northward into a strange land of the unknown.”
“These are some of the most interesting, unique whites around and they definitely diverge from the insipid pinot grigio that you might think of when you think of Italian whites.”
“And I am especially disappointed that they feel such an urgent need to attack writers, like me, who present balanced, carefully researched accounts of Mormon history that happen to diverge from the official, highly expurgated church version.”
“But there come times when the interests of the market diverge from the interests of the people.”
“There are some differences," Raese said when asked if he and Manchin diverge on key issues.”
“It was a good afternoon's tramp to Niles, passing through the town of Haywards; yet Saxon and Billy found time to diverge from the main county road and take the parallel roads through acres of intense cultivation where the land was farmed to the wheel-tracks.”
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