divergence

The point where two things split off from each other is called a divergence. When you're walking in the woods and face a divergence in the path, you have to make a choice about which way to go.

A divergence doesn't have to be a physical split — it can also be a philosophical division. The divergence of opinion between a school board and a group of parents might cause such a heated argument that the students at the meeting are obviously better behaved than the adults. Divergence can also mean a deviation from standards or norms, like the divergence between your state's smoking laws and those of your neighboring states.

Primary Meanings of divergence

1.
n
the act of moving away in different direction from a common point
2.
n
an infinite series that has no limit
Full Definitions of divergence
1

n the act of moving away in different direction from a common point

“an angle is formed by the divergence of two straight lines”
Synonyms:
divergency
Type of:
separation
the act of dividing or disconnecting

n a difference between conflicting facts or claims or opinions

“a growing divergence of opinion”
Synonyms:
disagreement, discrepancy, variance
Types:
allowance, leeway, margin, tolerance
a permissible difference; allowing some freedom to move within limits
Type of:
difference
the quality of being unlike or dissimilar

n a variation that deviates from the standard or norm

Synonyms:
departure, deviation, difference
Types:
discrepancy, variance, variant
an event that departs from expectations
driftage
the deviation (by a vessel or aircraft) from its intended course due to drifting
flection, flexion, inflection
deviation from a straight or normal course
Type of:
fluctuation, variation
an instance of change; the rate or magnitude of change
2

n an infinite series that has no limit

Synonyms:
divergency
Antonyms:
convergence, convergency
the approach of an infinite series to a finite limit
Type of:
series
(mathematics) the sum of a finite or infinite sequence of expressions

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