divergent

adjective di·ver·gent \ -jənt \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of divergent

1 a : moving or extending in different directions from a common point : diverging from each other
  • divergent paths
b : differing from each other or from a standard
  • the divergent interests of capital and labor
2 mathematics : relating to or being an infinite (see 1infinite 4c) sequence that does not have a limit or an infinite series whose partial sums do not have a limit
3 physics : causing rays (see 2ray 1b) to draw apart from a common center : causing divergence of rays
  • a divergent lens

divergently

adverb

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Origin and Etymology of divergent

Latin divergent-, divergens, present participle of divergere

Synonym Discussion of divergent

different, diverse, divergent, disparate, various mean unlike in kind or character. different may imply little more than separateness but it may also imply contrast or contrariness.
    • different foods
diverse implies both distinctness and marked contrast.
    • such diverse interests as dancing and football
divergent implies movement away from each other and unlikelihood of ultimate meeting or reconciliation.
    • went on to pursue divergent careers
disparate emphasizes incongruity or incompatibility.
    • disparate notions of freedom
various stresses the number of sorts or kinds.
    • tried various methods


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