
Definition of Differential
1. Noun. The result of mathematical differentiation; the instantaneous change of one quantity relative to another; df(x)/dx.
Specialized synonyms: Curvature, Partial, Partial Derivative
Generic synonyms: Calculation, Computation, Figuring, Reckoning
Derivative terms: Derivative
2. Adjective. Relating to or showing a difference. "Differential treatment"
3. Noun. A quality that differentiates between similar things.
4. Adjective. Involving or containing one or more derivatives. "Differential equation"
5. Noun. A bevel gear that permits rotation of two shafts at different speeds; used on the rear axle of automobiles to allow wheels to rotate at different speeds on curves.
Generic synonyms: Bevel Gear, Pinion And Crown Wheel, Pinion And Ring Gear
Definition of Differential
1. a. Relating to or indicating a difference; creating a difference; discriminating; special; as, differential characteristics; differential duties; a differential rate.
2. n. An increment, usually an indefinitely small one, which is given to a variable quantity.
Definition of Differential
1. Adjective. of, or relating to a difference ¹
2. Adjective. dependent on, or making a difference; distinctive ¹
3. Adjective. having differences in speed or direction of motion ¹
4. Adjective. (mathematics) of, or relating to differentiation, or the differential calculus ¹
5. Noun. the differential gear in an automobile etc ¹
6. Noun. a qualitative or quantitative difference between similar or comparable things ¹
7. Noun. (mathematics) an infinitesimal change in a variable, or the result of differentiation ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
Definition of Differential
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Medical Definition of Differential
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1. Relating to or indicating a difference; creating a difference; discriminating; special; as, differential characteristics; differential duties; a differential rate. "For whom he produced differential favors." (Motley)
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Lexicographical Neighbors of Differential
Literary usage of Differential
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Catalogue of Scientific Papers, 18001900: Subject Indexby Royal Society (Great Britain), Herbert McLeod by Royal Society (Great Britain), Herbert McLeod (1908)
"formations attaching to class of differential equations, ... covariante and
quotientderivatives associated with differential equations. Forsyth, A.li. ..."
2. Higher Mathematics for Students of Chemistry and Physics: With Special by Joseph William Mellor (1902)
"A differential equation is ordinary or partial, according as there is one or more
than one ... Ordinary differential equations will be treated first. ..."
3. Robot Manipulators: Mathematics, Programming, and Control : the Computer by Richard P. Paul (1981)
"In this case we will want to be able to transform differential changes in one
coordinate ... Another use of differential relationships follows directly. ..."
4. The Theory of Functions of a Real Variable and the Theory of Fourier's Series by Ernest William Hobson (1907)
"This is denoted by —>, °'a , and is spoken of OXQ as the second partial differential
coefficient o(f(x, y) with respect to x, at the oy<, y, is defined in a ..."
5. Encyclopaedia Britannica, a Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and edited by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"In other words, they are given by the common solutions of the differential
equations of the coefficients, and regard the invariants as invariants rather of ..."
6. The Positive Philosophy of Auguste Comte by Auguste Comte, Frederic Harrison (1896)
"Cases of the In these, the differential equations are found Integral cal to ...
The differential calculus is, in such cases, not essential to the solution ..."
7. Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical Society by Cambridge Philosophical Society (1904)
"On the differential equations of the hyperelliptic Junctions. ... The following
note relates to some differential equations originally published in these ..."