Meaning of DIFFERENTIAL in English
[adjective], [noun] - (showing) an amount of difference between things which are comparedHe thinks it's wrong that people from different social classes have differential access to housing, education and jobs.The department has a differential salary structure which takes into account an employee's experience as well as other factors.The workers maintain that the pay differentials between themselves and the management are too great.There is a price differential between different types of oil.A differential (gear) is a device fitted to the axle of a vehicle to let the wheels turn at different rates when going round a corner.,(specialized) (The) differential calculus is the branch of calculus in which rates of change and connected quantities are calculated.
Cambridge English vocab. Кембриджский английский словарь. 2012