|—vb (when intr, |
|1.||(tr) to serve to distinguish between|
|2.||to perceive, show, or make a difference (in or between); discriminate|
|3.||(intr) to become dissimilar or distinct|
|4.||maths to perform a differentiation on (a quantity, expression, etc)|
|5.||(intr) (of unspecialized cells, etc) to change during development to more specialized forms|
a device or set of components for performing the mathematical operation of differentiation-i.e., supplying an output proportional to the derivative of the input with respect to one or more variables. The many common examples of mechanical differentiators in which a displacement is differentiated with respect to time include speedometers and generators. In such devices, the derivative is frequently measured by deflections of spring-loaded elements
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