Definition of divergence in English:

divergence

Syllabification: di·ver·gence
Pronunciation: /diˈvərjəns, dī-
 
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noun

  • 1The process or state of diverging: the divergence between primates and other groups
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    • The Isler-Brumfield papers provide yet another window into the processes that influence divergence.
    • The evolutionary process of this divergence, however, is not well understood.
    • Personally, I think that the two pendulums, convergence and divergence will continue to swing.
    Synonyms
    separation, dividing, parting, forking, bifurcation
  • 1.1A difference or conflict in opinions, interests, wishes, etc.: a fundamental divergence of attitude
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    • In any relationship there is a divergence of opinion, a variety of vested interests, different beliefs and values.
    • This divergence of interests is manageable, but it is also fundamental.
    • This line ignores the fundamental divergences between US and Indian interests.
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  • 1.2A place where airflows or ocean currents diverge, typically marked by downwelling (of air) or upwelling (of water).
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    • Atmospheric divergence typically occurs where airflow is moving away from the centre of a pressure system.
    • Of course, for any flow we might induce in water, with pipes or otherwise, the total divergence will always be exactly zero.
    • This is a negative divergence, and the point is capturing flux, like water going down a sink.
  • 2 Mathematics The inner product of the operator del and a given vector, which gives a measure of the quantity of flux emanating from any point of the vector field or the rate of loss of mass, heat, etc., from it.
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    • Our example here is technical in nature, but some traders use a P / E ratio or other fundamental factors to measure correlation and divergence.
    • With a constant rate, divergence time estimation is straightforward.
    • A more accurate estimate of the speed of divergence can be made using the following more modern proof.

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