ETYM French différence, Latin differentia.
1. A quantity obtained by subtraction.
2. A significant change.
3. The quality of being unlike or dissimilar.
In mathematics, the result obtained when subtracting one number from another. Also, those elements of one set that are not elements of another.
ETYM Cf. French différentiel.
1. Relating to or showing a difference.
2. (Mathematics) Involving or containing one or more derivatives.
In electronics, a reference to a type of circuit that makes use of the difference between two signals rather than the difference between one signal and some reference voltage.
ETYM Latin disparatus, p. p. of disparare to part, separate; dis- + parare to make ready, prepare.
1. Fundamentally different or distinct in quality or kind.
2. Including markedly dissimilar elements.
3. Fundamentally different; unequal.
ETYM Latin distinctus, p. p. of distinguere: cf. French distinct. Related to Distinguish.
1. Recognizable; marked; SYN. decided.
2. Easy to perceive; especially clearly outlined.
3. (Often followed by 'from') Not alike; different in nature or quality; SYN. distinguishable.
ETYM Latin extraneus, from extra. Related to Extra-, Strange.
1. Not belonging to that in which it is contained; introduced from an outside source; SYN. foreign.
2. Not essential.
3. Not pertinent to the matter under consideration; SYN. immaterial, impertinent.
ETYM Old Fren., from Late Lat. separalis, from Latin separ separate, different. Related to Sever, Separate.
1. Distinct and individual.
2. (Used with count nouns) Of an indefinite number more than 2 or 3 but not many.