|1.||the act or result of diverging or the amount by which something diverges|
|2.||the condition of being divergent|
|3.||meteorol the outflowing of airstreams from a particular area, caused by expanding air|
|a. curl See gradient the scalar product of the operator, ∇, and a vector function, A, where ∇= i∂/∂x + j∂/∂y+ k∂/∂z, and i, j, and k are unit vectors. Usually written: div A, ∇A, or ∇A.|
|b. the property of being divergent|
|5.||the spreading of a stream of electrons as a result of their mutual electrostatic repulsion|
|6.||Compare convergence the turning of the eyes outwards in order to fixate an object farther away than that previously being fixated|
|7.||Compare convergence Also called: divergent evolution the evolutionary development of structures or organisms that differ from each other in form and function but have evolved from the same basic structure or organism|
divergence di·ver·gence (dĭ-vûr'jəns, dī-)
A moving or spreading apart in different directions from a common point.
The degree by which things deviate or spread apart.
A turning of both eyes outward from a common point or of one eye when the other is fixed.
The spreading of branches of the neuron to form synapses with several other neurons.
The evolutionary process by which organisms descended from a common ancestor tend to acquire different forms when living under different conditions.
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