common difference


Definition of common difference

: the difference between two consecutive terms of an arithmetic progression

Examples of common difference in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The story of Hanson’s rise and fall in Pittsburgh contains a common difference of opinion. Henry Schulman, San Francisco Chronicle, "In Alen Hanson, Giants scored an infielder with potential to bloom," 21 May 2018 Location of an outbreak serves as the most common difference between infection with HSV-1 and infection with HSV-2, but beyond that, many people are unclear on what sets them apart. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Breaking Down the Differences Between Oral and Genital Herpes, aka HSV-1 and HSV-2," 17 Mar. 2018 The most common difference was in pitch and in the opening notes and buzzy parts of their songs. Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times, "Near Noisy Oil Fields, Lovesick Birds Change Their Tunes," 13 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of common difference

circa 1771, in the meaning defined above

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“Common difference.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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