• WordNet 3.6
    • adj divergent tending to move apart in different directions
    • adj divergent diverging from another or from a standard "a divergent opinion"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Divergent (Optics) Causing divergence of rays; as, a divergent lens.
    • Divergent Fig.: Disagreeing from something given; differing; as, a divergent statement.
    • Divergent Receding farther and farther from each other, as lines radiating from one point; deviating gradually from a given direction; -- opposed to convergent.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • divergent Moving or situated in different directions from a common point, as lines which intersect: opposed to convergent.
    • divergent In general, separating or separated one from another; following different courses or directions.
    • divergent Deviating from something taken as a standard or reference; variant.
    • divergent In botany, gradually separating with growth. See divergence, 4.
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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. divergent,. See Diverge


In literature:

From that subject she diverged to mildly querulous references to family matters.
"Kenelm Chillingly, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
The branch of the illustrious family of St. John represented by Sir Miles, diverged from the parent stem of the Lords of Bletshoe.
"Lucretia, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Where the Trail diverges from that stream, Carson became involved in a characteristic adventure.
"The Life of Kit Carson" by Edward S. Ellis
I dive and make a great fuss of attacking, then I steer divergently.
"Diary of a U-Boat Commander" by Anonymous
About a mile from Barbizon, the path to the Bas Breau diverges to the right.
"The History of David Grieve" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
The divergence from the results obtained by M. Arson's formula does not arise from a difference in size, as this is taken into account.
"Scientific American Supplement No. 275" by Various
In our other story and the Pampango variant we note some divergences from the preceding tale.
"Filipino Popular Tales" by Dean S. Fansler
Alzugaray seldom shared his friend's opinions; but in spite of this divergence they understood each other very well.
"Cæsar or Nothing" by Pío Baroja Baroja
But our ways diverged later in life.
"The Last Hope" by Henry Seton Merriman
At this point the roads diverge and come together again in Lexington, making two routes to Boston.
"The Bay State Monthly, Vol. 1, Issue 1." by Various

In poetry:

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
A rise steeply sloping, a fence with stone coping —
The last — we diverged round the base of the hill;
His path was the nearer, his leap was the clearer,
I flogg'd up the straight, and he led sitting still.
"How We Beat The Favourite" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
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:

And world markets for oil and gas are diverging .
HOUSTON — Energy producers from around the world are gathered here for CERA Week 2012 at a time when there is a widening divergence between the global and North American oil and gas markets.
CORNELIUS – The town of Cornelius will hold public meetings, March 1-3, to gather input regarding the Diverging Diamond Interchange planned for Exit 28 in 2013.
ST CLOUD — The Minnesota Department of Transportation is holding an open house tomorrow to give you a chance to learn about the proposed diverging diamond interchange planned for Highway 15 and Stearns County Road 120.
Diverging Decisions on Banks' Responsibility for Cybercrimes.
In 2012/2013, the Minnesota Department of Transportation will be constructing a Diverging Diamond Interchange on County Road 120 over Highway 15.
Missouri unveiled the nation's first " diverging diamond" interchange last June at the intersection of Missouri 13 and Interstate 44.
Historically, states have taken two divergent views when addressing the enforceability of physician-noncompete agreements.
Though we cousins fork at the point where our parents diverge, we share experiences.
Only within the last 40 to 50 years has conventional medicine diverged fr...
Williams, as dual analyst for both Fox News and National Public Radio, personified the increasingly divergent models of journalism in America: the " objective " one, symbolized by NPR, and the "opinionated" one, symbolized by Fox.
Opinion as to the quality of film over the last 12 months has been oddly divergent.
In my review of Divergent, I didn't reveal a significant choice the main character, Tris, made early on in the book.
Stocks closed the day in mixed territory Wednesday, after investors sorted through a divergent batch of earnings reports, including solid results from Boeing, and a big miss from Apple.
Timothy Noah THE GREAT DIVERGENCE Tuesday, Sept 14, 2010, at 10:29 PM ET.

In science:

First the v(cid:107)b0 · ∇δA is written as a total divergence with negligible error and vanishes due to divergence theorem.
The theory of gyrokinetic turbulence: A multiple-scales approach
The reason is that the global minimum of this GOF occurs when all instrumental data points collapse to a single point, which is allowed by divergent shears and rescalings from B, and divergent, compensatory color translations that put the singular instrumental data somewhere on the standard locus line.
Stellar Locus Regression: Accurate Color Calibration, and the Real-time Determination of Galaxy Cluster Photometric Redshifts
UV divergence in the SAW model, are canceled by the counter-term for the leading divergence in (151), and no counterterm is associated to these diagrams in the Edwards Model.
Field Theory of the RNA Freezing Transition
To do so, we need to specify n, and, out of the k partial computable martingales that are inserted before stage n, which ones have diverged, and at what stage, hence an information of O(k log n) (giving the position where a particular martingale diverges costs O(log n) bits, and there are k martingales.
Separations of non-monotonic randomness notions
The Malliavin derivative D admits a dual operator which is the divergence integral δ(u) ∈ L2 (Ω) if u ∈ Dom(δ) and we have the duality relationship F ∈ D1,2 , u ∈ Dom(δ). E(F δ(u)) = EhDF , ui, For adapted integrands, the divergence integral coincides with the classical Itˆo integral.
On the structure of Gaussian random variables