Definition of Difference

1. Noun. The quality of being unlike or dissimilar. "There are many differences between jazz and rock"




2. Noun. A variation that deviates from the standard or norm. "The deviation from the mean"

3. Noun. A disagreement or argument about something important. "The familiar conflict between Republicans and Democrats"

4. Noun. A significant change. "His support made a real difference"
Generic synonyms: Change
Derivative terms: Differential, Differentiate, Differentiate

5. Noun. The number that remains after subtraction; the number that when added to the subtrahend gives the minuend.
Exact synonyms: Remainder
Specialized synonyms: Balance
Generic synonyms: Number

Definition of Difference

1. n. The act of differing; the state or measure of being different or unlike; distinction; dissimilarity; unlikeness; variation; as, a difference of quality in paper; a difference in degrees of heat, or of light; what is the difference between the innocent and the guilty?

2. v. t. To cause to differ; to make different; to mark as different; to distinguish.

Definition of Difference

1. Noun. The quality of being different. ¹

2. Noun. A characteristic of something that makes it different from something else. ¹

3. Noun. A disagreement or argument. ¹

4. Noun. (countable uncountable) Significant change in or effect on a situation or state. ¹

5. Noun. The result of a subtraction; sometimes the absolute value of this result. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To distinguish or differentiate. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Difference

1. [v -ENCED, -ENCING, -ENCES]

Medical Definition of Difference

1. 1. The act of differing; the state or measure of being different or unlike; distinction; dissimilarity; unlikeness; variation; as, a difference of quality in paper; a difference in degrees of heat, or of light; what is the difference between the innocent and the guilty? "Differencies of administration, but the same Lord." (1 Cor. Xii. 5) 2. Disagreement in opinion; dissension; controversy; quarrel; hence, cause of dissension; matter in controversy. "What was the difference? It was a contention in public." (Shak) "Away therefore went I with the constable, leaving the old warden and the young constable to compose their difference as they could." (T. Ellwood) 3. That by which one thing differs from another; that which distinguishes or causes to differ;; mark of distinction; characteristic quality; specific attribute. "The marks and differences of sovereignty." (Davies) 4. Choice; preference. "That now be chooseth with vile difference To be a beast, and lack intelligence." (Spenser) 5. An addition to a coat of arms to distinguish the bearings of two persons, which would otherwise be the same. See Augmentation, and Marks of cadency, under Cadency. 6. The quality or attribute which is added to those of the genus to constitute a species; a differentia. 7. The quantity by which one quantity differs from another, or the remainder left after subtracting the one from the other. Ascensional difference. See Ascensional. Synonym: Distinction, dissimilarity, dissimilitude, variation, diversity, variety, contrariety, disagreement, variance, contest, contention, dispute, controversy, debate, quarrel, wrangle, strife. Origin: F. Difference, L. Differentia. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Difference

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Literary usage of Difference

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1. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1914)
"This difference problem marks a new and very probably most important departure ... Clearly a knowledge of the average difference in scholarship of adjacent ..."

2. Institutes of the Christian Religion by Jean Calvin (1921)
"WHAT, then, it will be said, will there be no difference left between the Old ... Now, the first difference is, that although it was always the will of the ..."

3. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding: To which are Now First Added, I. An by John Locke (1828)
"This distinction of names shows us T),ey s},ow also the difference of our ... only with this difference, that some of the concrete names of relations, ..."

4. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1899)
"The softer and less subdivided the iron, and the higher the frequency, the greater the difference (amounting in one case for very soft iron to 40$). ..."

5. The Republic of Plato by Plato (1911)
"“Yes, indeed,” he said, “there is certainly a world of difference between them.” “Shall we then fix upon this as a second study for our young men? ..."

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