Meaning of DIVERGENCE in English


/di verr"jeuhns, duy-/ , n.

1. the act, fact, or amount of diverging: a divergence in opinion.

2. (in physics, meteorology, etc.) the total amount of flux escaping an infinitesimal volume at a point in a vector field, as the net flow of air from a given region.

3. Ophthalm. a turning motion of the eyeballs outward in relation to each other.

4. Electronics. the spreading of a stream of electrons resulting from their mutual electrostatic repulsion.

[ 1650-60; divergentia. See DIVERGE, -ENCE ]

Syn. 1. separation, division, variation, deviation.

Ant. 1. convergence.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .