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English adjective: differential

1. differential relating to or showing a difference


SamplesDifferential treatment.

2. differential involving or containing one or more derivatives


SamplesDifferential equation.


Domain categorymath, mathematics, maths


English noun: differential

1. differential (cognition) the result of mathematical differentiation; the instantaneous change of one quantity relative to another; df(x)/dx


Synonymsderivative, derived function, differential coefficient, first derivative


Broader (hypernym)calculation, computation, figuring, reckoning


Narrower (hyponym)curvature, partial, partial derivative

2. differential (attribute) a quality that differentiates between similar things


Broader (hypernym)difference

3. differential (artifact) 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


Synonymsdifferential gear


Broader (hypernym)bevel gear, pinion and crown wheel, pinion and ring gear









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