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. 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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The main divergence from the news cycle comes when tragedy strikes.
"This is what I call a divergence," he said, "and I think divergences in markets are really worth paying attention to."
Extinctions result in divergence of character traits.
Comparisons of the human genome with that of our chimpanzee cousins show only a 2% difference in DNA – a difference easily accounted for by a divergence from a common ancestor 4-6 million years ago.
Mr. Bullard sees no downside to his occasional divergence from the consensus view of the rate-setting Federal Open Market Committee.
I thought they handled the divergence from the original series well, and I liked the new romance.
The other big potential source of error and divergence comes from the challenge of using telephone polls to reach voters who use only mobile phones.
Had I not been expecting the arcade-like climax, I might have been put off by its divergence from the rest of the book.
Similarly, stories related in the present tense have become so common that what was once a notable divergence from the norm is probably no longer noticed by most readers.
The divergence from the obvious path comes with the introduction of another Other, another female victim of society's mores as mechanisms of male power, a physically-handicapped girl whose deformity fuses Jokla's weakness and the oracle's grotesqueness, and whose presence in the narrative instantly disrupts the simple duality and the narrative path it suggests.