- 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.
- difference threshold,
- different as night and day,
- different strokes for different folks,
- 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
- 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.
split the difference
Compromise between two close figures, divide the remainder equally. For example, You're asking $5,000 for the car and I'm offering $4,000; let's split the difference and make it $4,500. [c. 1700]
see make a difference; split the difference. Also see under different.