• WordNet 3.6
    • n divergency the act of moving away in different direction from a common point "an angle is formed by the divergence of two straight lines"
    • n divergency an infinite series that has no limit
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Divergency A receding from each other in moving from a common center; the state of being divergent; as, an angle is made by the divergence of straight lines. "Rays come to the eye in a state of divergency ."
    • Divergency Disagreement; difference. "Related with some divergence by other writers."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n divergency The state of being divergent, or of having diverged. Also rarely devergency.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Divergency a tendency to recede from one point
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  • Robert Frost
    “Two roads diverge in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. divergence,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. dis, asunder, vergĕre, to incline.


In literature:

Meanwhile the army advanced in diverging columns upon the Mississippi capital.
"The Rock of Chickamauga" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Next morning, at Albany, divergent trains cleft our party into a better and a worser half.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 10, No. 58, August, 1862" by Various
The lobes are eight in number, as before, with a tube diverging from the centre of the body into each lobe.
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 10, Number 59, September, 1862" by Various
He saw that the tracks had diverged again.
"The Wolf's Long Howl" by Stanley Waterloo
There is the further significant fact that divergent groups are allied through their lowest rather than their highest members.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume XIV" by John Lord
We will not here diverge to dwell upon these high and interesting affiliations.
"A Walk from London to John O'Groat's" by Elihu Burritt
Dissonance arises from the divergence of one of these agents.
"Delsarte System of Oratory" by Various
The road soon diverged far from the shore; the ground was sandy and mostly level; and in many places covered with, a thick, small growth.
"Who Goes There?" by Blackwood Ketcham Benson
Moreover, divergent interests demanded different fiscal treatment.
"Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War" by G. F. R. Henderson
Cells tubular, upper half divergent, ascending.
"Narrative Of The Voyage Of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Commanded By The Late Captain Owen Stanley, R.N., F.R.S. Etc. During The Years 1846-1850. Including Discoveries And Surveys In New Guinea, The Louisiade Archipelago, Etc. To Which Is Added The Account Of Mr. E.B. Kennedy's Expedition For The Exploration Of The Cape York Peninsula. By John Macgillivray, F.R.G.S. Naturalist To The Expedition. In Two Volumes. Volume 1." by John MacGillivray

In poetry:

From the common urges,
From the human highest
Far thy path diverges:
Following thou fliest…
"Time Without End" by Arthur Rimbaud
TWO travellers, worn with sun and rain
And gropings o'er dim paths unknown,
Meet where long separate ways have grown
To one, and then diverge again.
"Sundered Paths" by Mathilde Blind
Then from my heart will young petals diverge,
As rays of the sun from their focus;
I from the darkness of earth will emerge,
A happy and beautiful crocus.
"The Crocus's Soliloquy" by Hannah Flagg Gould
We've reached diverging paths, dear heart,
'Tis pity, but 'tis true, we part;
It may be thine, it may be mine;
But truly the fault seems thine.
But place it, dear, just where you will,
The fault, let it be mine.
"The Love That Would Not Keep" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
Still I passed on until I reached at length, not knowing
Whither the tangled and diverging paths might lead,
A land of baser men, whose coming and whose going
Were urged by fear, and hunger, and the curse of greed.
"The Land Of Pallas" by Archibald Lampman
Young life and young thought are alike barred,
And no unheralded noises jolt old nerves,
And old wheezy breaths
Pass around old thoughts, dry as snuff,
And there is no divergence and no friction
Because life is flattened and ground as by many mills.
"The Ghetto" by Lola Ridge

In news:

Humans have done more to extend our life expectancy in the last century than during the previous 6.6 million years, since the evolutionary divergence from chimpanzees.
Kindred Counties Diverge on Boards.
Thus over nearly half of the national domain and among a large minority of the citizens of the Republic, the dynasty of Cotton has worked a divergence from original principle.
It might be possible to imagine two more divergent story lines in one sport than baseball managed Monday, but it would take some heavy-duty creative thinking.
What's interesting is that the pollsters don't just diverge on the Perdue-McCrory race.
Colorado Springs, Colo. A pair of revolutionary terabit -router architectures have emerged in recent days to launch divergent attacks on the unified-chassis architectures that dominate at the core of global optical networks.
Opening statements of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse trial offered two diverging profiles.
Speaking with Robyn Hitchcock in 1996, the conversation quickly diverged from music to the difficulties of growing tomatoes at high elevation.
World Trade Organization talks collapse under diverging agendas.
I just finished two books with such divergent views about war and soldiers that I think they'd make great summer reading for you.
Canadian and US investors appear to have diverging views on the potential for a turnaround at Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd under its new CEO Hunter Harrison in the lead up to its investor day next week in New York City.
Those are the diverging reactions to the New York City Board of Health's passage Thursday of a rule banning the sale of large-sized sugary drinks at the city's restaurants, movie theaters, workplace cafeterias and concession stands.
In addition to this, the earnings picture remains pretty solid for biotechnology firms as a whole, although this space can have extremely divergent performances among the various components.
Divergent ,' one of the latest batch of dystopian young adult novels in development for the big screen just found its Jennifer Lawrence in actress Shailene Woodley, best known for her role in last year's 'The Descendants.
Divergent Sounds From 2 Currents in the Mainstream.

In science:

In this case the rel ated rate of divergence of the geodesic in each factor C (Y ) and C (Y c) determine an additional piece of data, the “slope” of the divergence of the ray.
Coarse and synthetic Weil-Petersson geometry: quasi-flats, geodesics, and relative hyperbolicity
The massless two-point function has thus a logarithmic divergence for all spacetime dimensions similar to the two dimensional flat infrared divergence.
Group theoretical approach to quantum fields in de Sitter space II. The complementary and discrete series
In this respect, this IR divergence was argued to cause a restoration of a breakdown of symmetry similarly to what happens in two dimensions (For discussions on IR divergence for the graviton, see e.g. ).
Group theoretical approach to quantum fields in de Sitter space II. The complementary and discrete series
If a random vector field is stationary (that is, shift-invariant in distribution), then the expectation of its divergence must vanish, since it is equal to the divergence of the expectation, thus, the divergence of a constant vector field.
Divergence of a stationary random vector field can be always positive (a Weiss' phenomenon)
Waiving existence of first moments we cannot ask about the expected divergence, but we still may ask, whether the divergence can be always (strictly) positive, or not.
Divergence of a stationary random vector field can be always positive (a Weiss' phenomenon)