divergence


di·ver·gence

noun \-ˈvər-jən(t)s\

Definition of DIVERGENCE

1
a :  a drawing apart (as of lines extending from a common center)
b :  difference, disagreement
c :  the acquisition of dissimilar characters by related organisms in unlike environments
2
:  a deviation from a course or standard
3
:  the condition of being mathematically divergent

Examples of DIVERGENCE

  1. <a growing divergence of opinion about that U.S. president's place in history>
  2. <any divergence from the community's strict moral code was met with social ostracism>

First Known Use of DIVERGENCE

1656

di·ver·gence

noun \də-ˈvər-jən(t)s, dī-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of DIVERGENCE

1
a : a drawing apart b : the acquisition of dissimilar characters by related organisms under the influence of unlike environments
2
: dissemination of the effect of activity of a single nerve cell through multiple synaptic connections—compare convergence 4
di·verge \-ˈvərj\ verb, di·verged di·verg·ing
di·ver·gent \-ˈvər-jənt\ adjective

divergence

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In mathematics, a differential operator applied to a three-dimensional vector-valued function. The result is a function that describes a rate of change. The divergence of a vector v is given by in which v, v, and v are the vector components of v, typically a velocity field of fluid flow.

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