difference (ˈdɪfərəns, ˈdɪfrəns) | |
—n | |
1. | the state or quality of being unlike |
2. | a specific instance of being unlike |
3. | a distinguishing mark or feature |
4. | a significant change in a situation: the difference in her is amazing |
5. | a disagreement or argument: he had a difference with his wife |
6. | a degree of distinctness, as between two people or things |
7. | a. the result of the subtraction of one number, quantity, etc, from another |
b. the single number that when added to the subtrahend gives the minuend; remainder | |
8. | logic another name for differentia |
9. | of two sets maths |
a. A -- B the set of members of the first that are not members of the second | |
b. symmetric difference Often symbolized: A + B the set of members of one but not both of the given sets | |
10. | heraldry an addition to the arms of a family to represent a younger branch |
11. | make a difference |
a. to have an effect | |
b. to treat differently | |
12. | split the difference |
a. to settle a dispute by a compromise | |
b. to divide a remainder equally | |
13. | with a difference with some peculiarly distinguishing quality, good or bad |
—vb | |
14. | rare to distinguish |
15. | heraldry to add a charge to (arms) to differentiate a branch of a family |
difference dif·fer·ence (dĭf'ər-əns, dĭf'rəns)
n.
The magnitude or degree by which one quantity differs from another of the same kind.