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.
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]