- a function of two variables that is obtained from a given function, y = f(x), and that expresses the approximate increment in the given function as the derivative of the function times the increment in the independent variable, written as dy = f′(x)dx.
- any generalization of this function to higher dimensions.
- the difference involved in a differential rate.
- differential rate.
Origin of differential
Related formsdif·fer·en·tial·ly, adverb
Examples from the Web for differentially
And even the suf- fragist does not suggest that the taxes which are levied on women are differentially applied to the uses of men.The Unexpurgated Case Against Women Suffrage|Almroth E. Wright
The plate is now placed in a furnace and differentially heated so that the face is raised to a higher temperature than the back.
British Dictionary definitions for differentially
- an increment in a given function, expressed as the product of the derivative of that function and the corresponding increment in the independent variable
- an increment in a given function of two or more variables, f(x 1, x 2, … x n), expressed as the sum of the products of each partial derivative and the increment in the corresponding variable