- 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
Examples from the Web for differencing
Historical Examples of differencing
This is the earliest specimen of differencing I have met with.The Curiosities of Heraldry
Mark Antony Lower
Various charges may be placed on the points of Labels to extend their capacity for differencing.The Handbook to English Heraldry
They sin against the differencing grace, which appeared in their conversion.A Christian Directory (Volume 1 of 4)
Be ready to help the poor as well as the rich; differencing them no further than the public good requireth you to do.A Christian Directory (Part 4 of 4)
Such a case is very unusual, as the use of the bend for differencing has long been obsolete.A Complete Guide to Heraldry
Arthur Charles Fox-Davies
- 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.