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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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