- the amount by which one quantity is greater or less than another.
- relative complement.
- (of a function f) an expression of the form f(x + h) − f(x).
verb (used with object), dif·fer·enced, dif·fer·enc·ing.
- to compromise, especially to make equal concessions.
- to divide the remainder equally: Let's take half of the cake and let the three of them split the difference.
Origin of difference
Synonyms for difference
Antonyms for difference
Related Words for differencediversity, characteristic, divergence, variation, contrast, disparity, inequality, discrepancy, distinction, change, clash, discord, disagreement, argument, controversy, quarrel, debate, conflict, dispute, digression
Examples from the Web for difference
Contemporary Examples of difference
Again, the difference can seem subtle and sound more like splitting hairs, but the difference is important.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models
January 8, 2015
One difference was that Chen was herself wearing white gloves.Funeral Protest Is Too Much for NYPD Union Boss
January 5, 2015
That is the difference between the protections embedded in our Bill of Rights and the lived lives of our citizenry.What Would Happen if I Got in White Cop’s Face?
December 30, 2014
But this may be a distinction without much of a difference—especially since Scalise admitted speaking before EURO.GOP Boss Gets Help From ‘White Hate’ Pal
December 30, 2014
The difference was emphasized immediately after QZ8501 went missing.The Presumed Crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Is Nothing Like MH370
December 29, 2014
Historical Examples of difference
"It makes no difference to you where I got it," said our hero, returning the money to his pocket.
There was one difference, however, between the surprise felt by the two.
The difference too is radical; it goes to the heart of the mystery.'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
But every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle.
Ascribes to the difference in each of their tempers their mutual love.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
- the result of the subtraction of one number, quantity, etc, from another
- the single number that when added to the subtrahend gives the minuend; remainder
- the set of members of the first that are not members of the secondSymbol: A – B
- symmetric differencethe set of members of one but not both of the given setsOften symbolized: A + B
- to have an effect
- to treat differently
- to settle a dispute by a compromise
- to divide a remainder equally
mid-14c., from Old French difference (12c.) "difference, distinction; argument, dispute," from Latin differentia "diversity, difference," from differentem (nominative differens), present participle of differre "to set apart" (see differ). Sense of "a quarrel" first attested late 14c. Colloquial phrase what's the diff? first recorded 1896.
see make a difference; split the difference. Also see under different.