Simple Definition of differential

: relating to or based on a difference : treating some people or groups differently from others
Full Definition of differential
1 a : of, relating to, or constituting a difference : distinguishing b : making a distinction between individuals or classes c : based on or resulting from a differential d : functioning or proceeding differently or at a different rate
2 : being, relating to, or involving a differential or differentiation
3 a : relating to quantitative differences b : producing effects by reason of quantitative differences
Examples of differential
<did away with differential pay scales for men and women doing the same work>
1647
First Known Use of differential
1647
differential
Simple Definition of differential

: a difference between people or things

: a gear or an arrangement of gears in a vehicle that allows one wheel to turn faster than another when the vehicle is going around a curve
Full Definition of differential
1 a : the product of the derivative of a function of one variable by the increment of the independent variable b : a sum of products in which each product consists of a partial derivative of a given function of several variables multiplied by the corresponding increment and which contains as many products as there are independent variables in the function
2 : a difference between comparable individuals or classes <a price differential>; also : the amount of such a difference
3 a : a drivetrain gear assembly connecting two collinear shafts or axles (as those of the rear wheels of an automobile) and permitting one shaft to revolve faster than the other b : a case covering such an assembly
1704
First Known Use of differential
1704
Rhymes with differential
Medical Dictionary
differential
playMedical Definition of differential
1: of, relating to, or constituting a difference <differential birth rates in different economic levels>
2: making a distinction between individuals or classes <differential cell counts> <differential staining>
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