**1. n. [Geophysics]**

The loss of energy from a wavefront as a consequence of geometrical spreading, observable as a decrease in wave amplitude. Spherical divergence decreases energy with the square of the distance. Cylindrical divergence decreases energy with the distance.

**See related terms:**
spherical divergence

**2. n. [Geophysics]**

In mathematics, a process in which a sequence of numbers does not tend to a fixed limit (the opposite of convergence). Divergence is a mathematical property of a vector field that is a local measure of its rate of spreading.

**Antonyms:**
convergence

**3. n. [Geophysics]**

In Cartesian coordinates, divergence is the sum of the partial derivatives of each component of the vector field with respect to the corresponding spatial coordinate:

div *V* = ∇·*V* = ∂*V _{x}*/∂