differential

[ dif-uh-ren-shuh l ]
/ ˌdɪf əˈrɛn ʃəl /

adjective

noun

Origin of differential

1640–50; < Medieval Latin differentiālis, equivalent to differenti(a) difference + ālis -al1

Related forms

dif·fer·en·tial·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for differential

differential

/ (ˌdɪfəˈrɛnʃəl) /

adjective


noun

Derived Forms

differentially, adverb
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Science definitions for differential

differential

[ dĭf′ə-rĕnshəl ]

An infinitesimal increment in a variable.
The product of the derivative of a function of one variable and the increment of the independent variable.

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