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Differential (comparative more Differential, superlative most 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


Differential (plural Differentials)
  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

Derived terms


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Differential c.

  1. (mechanics) a differential gear
  2. (mathematics) an infinitesimal change
  3. (mathematics) the differential operator