A moving apart or separation. On computer displays, divergence occurs when the red, green, and blue electron beams in a color monitor do not collectively light the same spot on the screen. Within a program, such as a spreadsheet, divergence can occur when a circular set of formulas is repeatedly recalculated (iterated), with the results of each iteration moving further from a stable solution. Compare convergence.
ETYM Cf. French divergence.
1. Degree of spatial separation; SYN. divergency.
2. The act of drawing apart.