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

  • n. The act of diverging.
  • n. The state of being divergent.
  • n. The degree by which things diverge.
  • n. Physiology A turning of both eyes outward from a common point or of one eye when the other is fixed.
  • n. Departure from a norm; deviation.
  • n. Difference, as of opinion. See Synonyms at deviation, difference.
  • n. Biology The evolutionary tendency or process by which animals or plants that are descended from a common ancestor evolve into different forms when living under different conditions.
  • n. Mathematics The property or manner of diverging; failure to approach a limit.
  • n. A meteorological condition characterized by the uniform expansion in volume of a mass of air over a region, usually accompanied by fair dry weather.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The degree to which two or more things diverge.
  • n. the operator which maps a function F=(F1, ... Fn) from a n-dimensional vector space to itself to the number
  • n. disagreement; difference

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A receding from each other in moving from a common center; the state of being divergent.
  • n. Disagreement; difference.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or state of diverging, or moving or pointing in different directions (not directly opposed) from a common point; a receding one from another: opposed to convergence: as, the divergence of lines.
  • n.
  • n. Departure from a course or standard; differentiation in action or character; deviation: as, the divergence of religious sects; divergence from rectitude.
  • n. In mathematics, the negative of the scalar part of the result of operating with the Hamiltonian operator upon a vector function.
  • n. In botany, gradual separation during the process of lengthening, as in the pods of Asclepias.

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

  • n. a variation that deviates from the standard or norm
  • n. an infinite series that has no limit
  • n. a difference between conflicting facts or claims or opinions
  • n. the act of moving away in different direction from a common point


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