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1differential

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

: 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
dif·fer·en·tial·ly \-ˈren(t)-shə-lē\ adverb

Examples of DIFFERENTIAL

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

First Known Use of DIFFERENTIAL

1647

2differential

noun

: 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

First Known Use of DIFFERENTIAL

1704

Other Mechanical Engineering Terms

centrifuge, flange, lathe, linchpin, pinion, plenum, ratchet, traction

Rhymes with DIFFERENTIAL

Medical Dictionary

differential

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

Medical 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>
dif·fer·en·tial·ly \-ˈrench-(ə-)lē\ adverb

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