Definitions for: Difference

[n] the quality of being unlike or dissimilar; "there are many differences between jazz and rock"
[n] a disagreement or argument about something important; "he had a dispute with his wife"; "there were irreconcilable differences"; "the familiar conflict between Republicans and Democrats"
[n] a variation that deviates from the standard or norm; "the deviation from the mean"
[n] the number that remains after subtraction; the number that when added to the subtrahend gives the minuend
[n] a significant change; "the difference in her is amazing"; "his support made a real difference"

Webster (1913) Definition: Dif"fer*ence, n. [F. diff['e]rence, L.
1. The act of differing; the state or measure of being
different or unlike; distinction; dissimilarity;
unlikeness; variation; as, a difference of quality in
paper; a difference in degrees of heat, or of light; what
is the difference between the innocent and the guilty?

Differencies of administration, but the same Lord.
--1 Cor. xii.

2. Disagreement in opinion; dissension; controversy; quarrel;
hence, cause of dissension; matter in controversy.

What was the difference? It was a contention in
public. --Shak.

Away therefore went I with the constable, leaving
the old warden and the young constable to compose
their difference as they could. --T. Ellwood.

3. That by which one thing differs from another; that which
distinguishes or causes to differ; mark of distinction;
characteristic quality; specific attribute.

The marks and differences of sovereignty. --Davies.

4. Choice; preference. [Obs.]

That now he chooseth with vile difference To be a
beast, and lack intelligence. --Spenser.

5. (Her.) An addition to a coat of arms to distinguish the
bearings of two persons, which would otherwise be the
same. See Augmentation, and Marks of cadency, under

6. (Logic) The quality or attribute which is added to those
of the genus to constitute a species; a differentia.

7. (Math.) The quantity by which one quantity differs from
another, or the remainder left after subtracting the one
from the other.

Ascensional difference. See under Ascensional.

Syn: Distinction; dissimilarity; dissimilitude; variation;
diversity; variety; contrariety; disagreement; variance;
contest; contention; dispute; controversy; debate;
quarrel; wrangle; strife.

Dif"fer*ence, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Differenced; p.
pr. & vb. n. Differencing.]
To cause to differ; to make different; to mark as different;
to distinguish.

Thou mayest difference gods from men. --Chapman.

Kings, in receiving justice and undergoing trial, are
not differenced from the meanest subject. --Milton.

So completely differenced by their separate and
individual characters that we at once acknowledge them
as distinct persons. --Sir W.

Synonyms: conflict, departure, deviation, difference of opinion, dispute, divergence, remainder

Antonyms: sameness

See Also: arguing, argument, change, change, collision, contention, contestation, controversy, differentia, differential, disagreement, disagreement, discrepancy, discrepancy, disputation, dissimilarity, distinction, distinctness, divergence, driftage, dustup, fight, flection, flexion, fluctuation, inequality, inflection, number, otherness, quality, quarrel, row, run-in, separateness, tilt, unsimilarity, variance, variance, variant, variation, variety, words, wrangle

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