We use cookies to enhance your experience on our website. By continuing to use our website, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. You can change your cookie settings at any time.ContinueFind out more
1.1Psychology (of thought) using a variety of premises, especially unfamiliar premises, as bases for inference, and avoiding common limiting assumptions in making deductions.
‘divergent thinking’
‘Stories like Neon Genesis Evangelion push the creative envelope, and I appreciate them for their weirdness and divergent thought.’
‘The three quotations I have given above illustrate that the concept and idea of superstition and divergent beliefs are still in use.’
‘I am no commie, but I do recognize the role played by a divergent thought.’
‘Hopefully it will be a place to find new voices, divergent thoughts, and something worth thinking about or laughing at once in a while.’
2Mathematics (of a series) increasing indefinitely as more of its terms are added.
‘Continuing his mathematical work Ramanujan studied continued fractions and divergent series in 1908.’
‘Also important is his work on divergent series and discontinuous functions.’
‘He found a divergent series, the first few terms of which gave a good approximation to the integral.’
‘The sequences were more divergent and the ratio was much higher than in lysin.’
‘In 1873 he gave a continuous function with divergent Fourier series at any point solving a major problem.’