differential - Dictionary definition and meaning for word differential

(noun) the result of mathematical differentiation; the instantaneous change of one quantity relative to another; df(x)/dx Definition
(noun) a quality that differentiates between similar things Definition
(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
Synonyms : differential gear
(adj) relating to or showing a difference
Example Sentence
  • differential treatment
(adj) involving or containing one or more derivatives
Example Sentence
  • differential equation

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