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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

differential

adjective dif·fer·en·tial \ˌdif-ə-ˈren-chəl\   (Medical Dictionary)

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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