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Definition of the noun differential

What does differential mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: differentials

  1. the result of mathematical differentiation; the instantaneous change of one quantity relative to another; df(x)/dx
  2. a quality that differentiates between similar things
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic word: difference = the quality of being unlike or dissimilar
  3. a bevel gear that permits rotation of two shafts at different speeds; used on the rear axle of automobiles to allow wheels to rotate at different speeds on curves

Alternative definition of the noun differential


  1. the differential gear in an automobile etc
  2. a qualitative or quantitative difference between similar or comparable things
  3. [mathematics] an infinitesimal change in a variable, or the result of differentiation

Specialised definition of the noun differential

Glossary of sports / motorsports

the final link in the drive train, which transmits power to the wheels

Definition of the adjective differential

What does differential mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. relating to or showing a difference
  2. involving or containing one or more derivatives

Alternative definition of the adjective differential


  1. of, or relating to a difference
  2. dependent on, or making a difference; distinctive
  3. having differences in speed or direction of motion
  4. [mathematics] of, or relating to differentiation, or the differential calculus


  1. "Differential" is a composition.
  2. "Differential" a.k.a. "Monochrome Rust / Differential" is a musical album of Bernhard Günter.


Differential: The term differential is used in calculus to refer to an infinitesimal change in some varying quantity. For example, if x is a variable, then a change in the value of x is often denoted Δx. The differential dx represents an infinitely small change in the variable x. The idea of an infinitely small or infinitely slow change is extremely useful intuitively, and there are a number of ways to make the notion mathematically precise.

Phrases with Differential

Phrases starting with the word Differential:

  1. differential cost
  2. differential gear
  3. differential limen
  4. Differential Medium
  5. differential analyzer
  6. differential calculus
  7. differential equation
  8. Differential geometry
  9. Differential topology
  10. differential diagnosis
  11. differential threshold
  12. differential psychology
  13. differential blood count
  14. differential coefficient
  15. Differential Grasshopper
  16. Differential thermal analysis

Other phrases containing the word Differential:

  1. Delay differential equation
  2. partial differential equation
  3. Ordinary differential equation
  4. Stochastic differential equation

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Differential

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Google previewDictionary of Financial Risk Management (1999)

by Gary L. Gastineau, Mark P. Kritzman

An option on the forward interest rate differential (DIFF) between comparable instruments denominated in different currencies. (2) A spread or outperformance option with a payout linked to the ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia Britannica, Or Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General Literature (1855)

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and its differential is the first term ph. In conformity with this definition, the differential of the variable x itself will be its increment A, which, because of its ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Mathematics, Supplement III (2001)

by Michiel Hazewinkel

Furthermore, the differential operator and the supplementary conditions are decoupled. Through a simple and systematic algorithm, which treats the differential operator and supplementary conditions with similar machinery, this technique ...

Google previewThe Mathematics Dictionary (1992)

by R.C. James, Glenn James

Differential 119 Differential For a function f(x, y) of two variables, df df df=—dx+— dy. dx dy The function / is differentiable at (x, y) if, for any e > 0, there is a S > 0 such that if Ax and Ay are numbers with |A;r| and |Ay| each less than S, then ...

Google previewComprehensive Dictionary of Electrical Engineering (1999)

by Phillip A. Laplante

differential length vector joint velocity vector to the r < m components of the velocity vector v of concern for the specific task. Here n denotes number of degrees of mobility of the structure, m is the number of operational space variables, and r is ...

Google previewCRC Concise Encyclopedia of Mathematics, Second Edition (2002)

by Eric W. Weisstein

Differentiable Manifold Differentiable Manifold SMOOTH MANIFOLD Differential A ONE-FORM.

See also INTEGRAL CALCULUS Differential Equation An equation which involves the DERIVATIVES of a function as well as the function ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Juvenile Violence (2007)

by Laura L. Finley

DIFFERENTIAL IDENTIFICATION THEORY DIFFERENTIAL IDENTIFICATION THEORY. Differential identification theory is a learning theory of crime, first introduced in 1956 by Daniel Glaser as an extension to Edwin Sutherland's ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Optical Engineering: Abe-Las, pages 1-1024 (2003)

by Ronald G. Driggers

The broadband differential target-to-background radiance is calculated for some given target temperature and background temperature [''•2 AL,gt ...

Google previewMathematical Dictionary and Cyclopedia of Mathematical Science (1872)

Comprising Definitions of All the Terms Employed in Mathematics - an Analysis of Each Branch, and of the Whole, as Forming a Single Science by Charles Davies

By some the differential is considered infinitely small, ...

Google previewThe VNR Concise Encyclopedia of Mathematics (2012)

by W. Gellert

Preliminary survey Basic concepts Differential equation. If a relation exists between a function of one or more variables and some of its derivatives, in the form of an equation in which the independent variables can also occur, then one speaks ...

Google previewThe universal etymological English dictionary (1731)

by Nathan Bailey

DIFFERENTIAL£w<aiwy [in the higher Geometry] an infinitely smill quantity, or puticle of a ...

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Quotes about Differential

There's no doubt that scientific training helps many authors to write better science fiction. And yet, several of the very best were English majors who could not parse a differential equation to save their lives. (David Brin)
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The value of this 12-letter word is 19 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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