divergence

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noun di·ver·gence \-ˈvər-jən(t)s\

Definition of divergence

  1. 1a :  a drawing apart (as of lines extending from a common center)b :  difference, disagreementc :  the acquisition of dissimilar characters by related organisms in unlike environments

  2. 2 :  a deviation from a course or standard

  3. 3 :  the condition of being mathematically divergent

Examples of divergence in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of divergence

see diverge


Medical Dictionary

divergence

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noun di·ver·gence \də-ˈvər-jən(t)s, dī-\

Medical Definition of divergence

  1. 1a:  a drawing apartb:  the acquisition of dissimilar characters by related organisms under the influence of unlike environments

  2. 2:  dissemination of the effect of activity of a single nerve cell through multiple synaptic connections—compare convergence 4

diverge

\-ˈvərj\play verb

diverged

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diverging

divergent

\-ˈvər-jənt\play adjective


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