Meaning of DIFFERENTIAL in English


Function: noun

Date: 1704

1 a : the product of the derivative of a function of one variable by the increment of the independent variable b : a sum of products in which each product consists of a partial derivative of a given function of several variables multiplied by the corresponding increment and which contains as many products as there are independent variables in the function

2 : a difference between comparable individuals or classes <a price differential > also : the amount of such a difference

3 a : a drivetrain gear assembly connecting two collinear shafts or axles (as those of the rear wheels of an automobile) and permitting one shaft to revolve faster than the other b : a case covering such an assembly

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.