finite difference


Definition of 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

First Known Use of finite difference

1807, in the meaning defined above

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“Finite difference.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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