• The quality of being different.
  • A characteristic of something that makes it different from something else.
  • A disagreement or argument.
  • Significant change in or effect on a situation or state.
  • The result of a subtraction; sometimes the absolute value of this result.
  • Choice; preference.
  • An addition to a coat of arms to distinguish two people's bearings which would otherwise be the same. See augmentation and cadency.
  • The quality or attribute which is added to those of the genus to constitute a species; a differentia.
  • A Boolean operation which is TRUE when the two input variables are different but is otherwise FALSE; the XOR operation (\scriptstyle A \overline B + \overline A B).
  • the set of elements that are in one set but not another (\scriptstyle A \overline B).


  • To distinguish or differentiate.


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  • From Middle English difference, from Old French difference, from Latin differentia, from differÄ“ns, present participle of differo. differentia.
  • Morphologically differ + -ence.

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