common difference

noun

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 But despite the various iterations, the most common difference between recipes is the ratio of traditional ingredients, with varying amounts of oats, coconut, sugar, and golden syrup. Lara Lee, Bon Appétit, 19 Apr. 2021 The story of Hanson’s rise and fall in Pittsburgh contains a common difference of opinion. Henry Schulman, San Francisco Chronicle, 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, 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, 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/common%20difference. Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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