Meaning of DIFFERENTIAL in English

[ ˌdɪfə'rɛnʃ(ə)l ]

chiefly technical

■ adjective

1》 constituting or depending on a difference; varying according to circumstances or relevant factors.

2》 Mathematics relating to infinitesimal differences or to the derivatives of functions.

■ noun

1》 a difference.

↘ Brit. a difference in wages between industries or between categories of employees in the same industry.

↘ Mathematics an infinitesimal difference between successive values of a variable.

2》 a gear allowing a vehicle's driven wheels to revolve at different speeds in cornering.


~ly adverb

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