What does divergent mean?

divergent meaning in General Dictionary

Receding farther and farther from both as lines radiating from 1 point deviating slowly from a given course in opposition to convergent

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  • diverging from another or from a typical
  • tending to move apart in different directions
  • Receding farther and farther from each other, as outlines radiating from 1 point; deviating gradually from confirmed direction; -- opposed to convergent.
  • Causing divergence of rays; as, a divergent lens.
  • Fig.: Disagreeing from anything given; differing; because, a divergent declaration.

divergent meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1690s, from Modern Latin divergentem (nominative divergens), current participle of divergere (see diverge). Relevant: Divergently.


divergent - German to English

divergent [also mathematics.]


divergent meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) Receding farther and farther from one another, as outlines radiating from one point; deviating slowly from certain path; -- opposed to convergent.

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  • (a.) Causing divergence of rays; as, a divergent lens.
  • (a.) Fig.: Disagreeing from some thing offered; differing; because, a divergent declaration.

Sentence Examples with the word divergent

As the light is twice refracted, the dispersion is increased, and the rays, after transmission through the prism, form a divergent system, which may be allowed to fall on a sheet of white paper, forming the wellknown solar spectrum.

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