Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Growing further apart; diverging.
  • adj. Describing a series which does not converge, i.e., approach a limit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Receding farther and farther from each other, as lines radiating from one point; deviating gradually from a given direction; -- opposed to convergent.
  • adj. Causing divergence of rays.
  • adj. Fig.: Disagreeing from something given; differing.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. tending to move apart in different directions
  • adj. diverging from another or from a standard

Etymologies

Latin dis-, "apart", and vergere, "to turn", plus the adjectival suffix -ent. (Wiktionary)

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