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differential

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adjective dif·fer·en·tial \ˌdi-fə-ˈren(t)-shəl\

Simple Definition of differential

  • : relating to or based on a difference : treating some people or groups differently from others

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of differential

  1. 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. 2 :  being, relating to, or involving a differential or differentiation

  3. 3 a :  relating to quantitative differences b :  producing effects by reason of quantitative differences

differentially

play \-ˈren(t)-shə-lē\ adverb

Examples of differential in a sentence

  1. <did away with differential pay scales for men and women doing the same work>



1647

First Known Use of differential

1647


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differential

noun dif·fer·en·tial

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of differential

  1. 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. 2 :  a difference between comparable individuals or classes <a price differential>; also :  the amount of such a difference

  3. 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

Other Mechanical Engineering Terms


Medical Dictionary

differential

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adjective dif·fer·en·tial \ˌdif-ə-ˈren-chəl\

Medical Definition of differential

  1. 1:  of, relating to, or constituting a difference <differential birth rates in different economic levels>

  2. 2:  making a distinction between individuals or classes <differential cell counts> <differential staining>

differentially

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