- of, showing, or depending on a difference or differences:
*differential*rates - constituting or making a specific difference; distinguishing:
*differential*qualities - producing differing effects or results, as by the use of differing components: a
*differential*gear - Math. of or involving differentials

Origin of differential

Medieval Latin*differentialis*from Classical Latin

*differentia*: see difference

- a differentiating amount, degree, factor, etc.:
*differentials*in salary - Math.
- an infinitesimal difference between two consecutive values of a variable quantity
- the derivative of a function multiplied by a small increment of the independent variable

- Mech. a differential gear