PRONUNCIATION: (dy-vuhr-SIV-uh-luhnt)

MEANING: adjective: Desiring strife.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin diversus (diverse), from divertere (to turn aside), from di- (away, apart) + vertere (to turn) and volens, present participle of velle (to wish). Earliest documented use: 1612.

DIVERSIVALENT - describing an element with many different possible valencies, e.g. carbon or silicon

DIVERS "I VOLE...NOT!" - assorted protestations in response to the question "Are you a man or a rodent?"

DIVER'S TiVo LENT - Greg Louganis doesn't have his TV streamer right now, but he expects it to be returned shortly