differential

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

adjective

noun


Nearby words

  1. different as night and day,
  2. different strokes for different folks,
  3. differentia,
  4. differentiable,
  5. differentiable manifold,
  6. differential analyzer,
  7. differential association,
  8. differential blood count,
  9. differential calculus,
  10. differential coefficient

Origin of differential

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

Related formsdif·fer·en·tial·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for differential

differential

/ (ˌdɪfəˈrɛnʃəl) /

adjective

noun

Derived Formsdifferentially, adverb

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Word Origin and History for differential

differential

adj.

1640s, from Medieval Latin differentialis, from Latin differentia (see difference). Related: Differentially.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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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