AskDefine | Define divergent

Dictionary Definition

divergent adj
1 diverging from another or from a standard; "a divergent opinion"
2 tending to move apart in different directions [syn: diverging] [ant: convergent]

User Contributed Dictionary



Latin dis-, "apart", and vergere, "to turn", plus the adjectival suffix -ent.


  1. Growing further apart; diverging.
  2. Describing a series which does not converge, i.e., approach a limit.

Related terms


growing further apart; diverging
series which doesn't converge



  1. divergent


Extensive Definition

Divergence can refer to:
In mathematics:
  • Divergence, a function that associates a scalar with every point of a vector field
  • The defining property of divergent series; series that have no bounded sum
In science:
In the arts:

See also

divergent in Bulgarian: Дивергенция (пояснение)
divergent in German: Divergenz
divergent in Estonian: Divergents
divergent in Spanish: Divergencia
divergent in French: Divergence
divergent in Korean: 발산
divergent in Hungarian: Divergencia
divergent in Dutch: Divergentie
divergent in Slovak: Divergencia
divergent in Swedish: Divergens

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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