American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Drawing apart from a common point; diverging.
- adj. Departing from convention.
- adj. Differing from another: a divergent opinion.
- adj. Mathematics Failing to approach a limit; not convergent.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Moving or situated in different directions from a common point, as lines which intersect: opposed to convergent.
- In general, separating or separated one from another; following different courses or directions.
- Deviating from something taken as a standard or reference; variant.
- In botany, gradually separating with growth. See divergence, 4.
- adj. Growing further apart; diverging.
- adj. mathematics Describing a series which does not converge, i.e., approach a limit.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Receding farther and farther from each other, as lines radiating from one point; deviating gradually from a given direction; -- opposed to
- adj. (Optics) Causing divergence of rays.
- adj. Fig.: Disagreeing from something given; differing.
- adj. tending to move apart in different directions
- adj. diverging from another or from a standard
- Latin dis-, "apart", and vergere, "to turn", plus the adjectival suffix -ent. (Wiktionary)
“It is quite remarkable, but not nearly so remarkable as the dialect spoken in Yorkshire or Cornwall, nor is it as divergent from the English language as those dialects are over others to be found in the British Isles.”
“On the contrary, the evolutionary explanation for biological diversification is genetic divergence following allopatry in divergent ecosystems.”
“Theyâ€ ™ re getting progressively more and more divergent from the Earth I left as I keep jumping.”
“This is totally divergent from the situation we witness today in that the big game herds are daily being harrassed by these alien killers who know no season.”
“The basic idea is that when polls are recent and numerous, the model will largely defer to the polling, but where estimates tend to depend on polling that is either dated or divergent from the Cook rating, the model will tend to move the probabilities into agreement with the Cook ratings.”
“It seems to me the only reason to do a comic at this point would be to make it widely divergent from the film, yet here we have the artist making the Deckards pretty young things.”
“This track is great, really divergent from the original, displaying the Yoshida Brothers for what they are, but still keeps that kick of what the song once was.”
“An afterthought quickly follows, though, and I cannot help but wonder if the work of indigenous women in a rural community is completely divergent from the desires of the masses in Mexico City.”
“Above, three more putti display finished products, in divergent realms of gastronomic endeavor: wine and spirit-making, as the figure at left hoists a massive, crystal decanter; pastry-making, as the one at right holds up a decorative, circular confection upon a platter; and cooking, as the central putto lifts the lid from a steaming cauldron set upon a lively fire, an archetypal pot au feu.”
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