finite difference


: any of a sequence of differences obtained by incrementing successively the dependent variable of a function by a fixed amount
especially : any of such differences obtained from a polynomial function using successive integral values of its dependent variable

Word History

First Known Use

1807, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of finite difference was in 1807

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“Finite difference.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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