difference[dif′ər əns, dif′rəns]
- Difference is defined as the features that make one thing distinct from another or the condition of when a change is made.
- An example of difference is black and white.
- An example of difference is when you want to change the world.
The difference between one bulb and the others is that it's lit.
- condition, quality, fact, or instance of being different
- the way in which people or things are different; esp., a determining point or factor that makes for a distinct change or contrast
- the state of holding a differing opinion; disagreement
- the point at issue; point of disagreement
- a dispute; quarrel
- a discrimination or distinction in preference
- a significant effect on or change in a situation
- Math. the amount by which one quantity differs from another; remainder left after subtraction
Origin of differenceMiddle English ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin differentia ; from differens, present participle of differre: see differ
(it's the) same difference
make a difference
- to have an effect; matter
- to change the outlook or situation
make no difference
split the difference
- to share the remainder equally
- to make a compromise
what's the difference?
- The quality or condition of being unlike or dissimilar.
- a. An instance of disparity or unlikeness: There is a big difference in sound between a clarinet and an oboe.b. A degree or amount by which things differ: a difference in height of three inches.
- A noticeable change or effect: Exercise has made a difference in her health.
- A disagreement or controversy: Let's settle our differences.
- Discrimination in taste or choice; distinction: In this case, the law should make no difference between young and old.
- Mathematics a. The amount by which one quantity is greater or less than another.b. The amount that remains after one quantity is subtracted from another.
transitive verbdif·fer·enced, dif·fer·enc·ing, dif·fer·enc·es
(countable and uncountable, plural differences)
- (uncountable) The quality of being different.
- You need to learn to be more tolerant of difference.
- (countable) A characteristic of something that makes it different from something else.
- There are three differences between these two pictures.
- (countable) A disagreement or argument.
- We have our little differences, but we are firm friends.
- (countable, uncountable) Significant change in or effect on a situation or state.
- It just won't make much difference to me.
- It just won't make much of a difference to anyone.
- (countable) The result of a subtraction; sometimes the absolute value of this result.
- (heraldry) An addition to a coat of arms to distinguish two people's bearings which would otherwise be the same. See augmentation and cadency.
- (logic) The quality or attribute which is added to those of the genus to constitute a species; a differentia.
(third-person singular simple present differences, present participle differencing, simple past and past participle differenced)
- To distinguish or differentiate.
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