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dif·fer·ence

 (dĭf′ər-əns, dĭf′rəns)
n.
1. The quality or condition of being unlike or dissimilar.
2.
a. An instance of disparity or unlikeness: There is a big difference in sound between a clarinet and an oboe.
b. A degree or amount by which things differ: a difference in height of three inches.
3. A noticeable change or effect: Exercise has made a difference in her health.
4. A disagreement or controversy: Let's settle our differences.
5. Discrimination in taste or choice; distinction: In this case, the law should make no difference between young and old.
6. Mathematics
a. The amount by which one quantity is greater or less than another.
b. The amount that remains after one quantity is subtracted from another.
tr.v. dif·fer·enced, dif·fer·enc·ing, dif·fer·enc·es
To distinguish or differentiate.
Synonyms: difference, dissimilarity, unlikeness, divergence, variation, distinction, discrepancy
These nouns refer to a lack of correspondence or agreement. Difference is the most general: differences in color and size; a difference of degree but not of kind.
Dissimilarity and unlikeness often suggest a wide or fundamental difference: the dissimilarity between human and computer language; attracted to each other by their very unlikeness.
However, dissimilarity is also used to emphasize the points of difference between things that are otherwise alike or comparable: an analysis of the dissimilarities between the two sets of data.
Divergence can denote a difference resulting from a branching or separation; alternatively, it can indicate a range of difference within a category: the growing divergence between British and American English; a large group with a divergence of opinions on the subject.
Variation occurs between things of the same class or species; often it refers to a modification of something original, prescribed, or typical: variations in temperature; a variation of a familiar technique.
Distinction often means a difference in detail determinable only by close inspection: the distinction between "good" and "excellent."
A discrepancy is a difference between things that should correspond or match: a discrepancy between his words and his actions.

difference

(ˈdɪfərəns; ˈdɪfrəns)
n
1. the state or quality of being unlike
2. a specific instance of being unlike
3. a distinguishing mark or feature
4. a significant change in a situation: the difference in her is amazing.
5. a disagreement or argument: he had a difference with his wife.
6. a degree of distinctness, as between two people or things
7. (Mathematics)
a. the result of the subtraction of one number, quantity, etc, from another
b. the single number that when added to the subtrahend gives the minuend; remainder
8. (Logic) logic another name for differentia
9. (Mathematics) maths (of two sets)
a. the set of members of the first that are not members of the second. Symbol: A – B
b. symmetric difference the set of members of one but not both of the given sets. Often symbolized: A + B
10. (Heraldry) heraldry an addition to the arms of a family to represent a younger branch
11. make a difference
a. to have an effect
b. to treat differently
12. split the difference
a. to settle a dispute by a compromise
b. to divide a remainder equally
13. with a difference with some peculiarly distinguishing quality, good or bad
vb (tr)
14. rare to distinguish
15. (Heraldry) heraldry to add a charge to (arms) to differentiate a branch of a family

dif•fer•ence

(ˈdɪf ər əns, ˈdɪf rəns)

n., v. -enced, -enc•ing. n.
1. the state or relation of being different; dissimilarity.
2. an instance or point of unlikeness or dissimilarity: the differences in their behavior.
3. a significant change in or effect on a situation: It made no difference what I said; nothing could persuade him.
4. a distinguishing characteristic; distinctive quality, feature, etc.
5. the degree to which one person or thing differs from another.
6. the act of distinguishing; discrimination; distinction.
7. a disagreement in opinion.
8. a dispute or quarrel.
9. Math.
a. the amount by which one quantity is greater or less than another.
b. (of a function f) an expression of the form f(x + h) −f(x).
10. a differentia.
v.t.
11. to cause or constitute a difference in or between; make different.
12. to perceive the difference in or between; discriminate.
[1300–50; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin]

dif·fer·ence

(dĭf′ər-əns)
1. The amount by which one number or quantity is greater or less than another. The difference between 10 and 15, for example, is 5.
2. The amount remaining after one number or quantity is subtracted from another. In the equation 15 - 10 = 5, 5 is the difference.

difference

distinction
1. 'difference'

The difference between things is the way or ways in which they are not the same.

Is there much difference between British and European law?
There are many differences between computers and humans.

If something makes a difference to a situation, it affects it, usually in a positive way. If something makes no difference to a situation, it doesn't affect it.

The training certainly made a difference to staff performance.
The story about her past made no difference to his feelings for her.
2. 'distinction'

If someone points out that two things are different, don't say that they 'make a difference' between the things. You say that they make a distinction or draw a distinction between them.

It is important to make a distinction between claimants who are over retirement age and those who are not.
He draws a distinction between art and culture.

difference


Past participle: differenced
Gerund: differencing

Imperative
difference
difference
Present
I difference
you difference
he/she/it differences
we difference
you difference
they difference
Preterite
I differenced
you differenced
he/she/it differenced
we differenced
you differenced
they differenced
Present Continuous
I am differencing
you are differencing
he/she/it is differencing
we are differencing
you are differencing
they are differencing
Present Perfect
I have differenced
you have differenced
he/she/it has differenced
we have differenced
you have differenced
they have differenced
Past Continuous
I was differencing
you were differencing
he/she/it was differencing
we were differencing
you were differencing
they were differencing
Past Perfect
I had differenced
you had differenced
he/she/it had differenced
we had differenced
you had differenced
they had differenced
Future
I will difference
you will difference
he/she/it will difference
we will difference
you will difference
they will difference
Future Perfect
I will have differenced
you will have differenced
he/she/it will have differenced
we will have differenced
you will have differenced
they will have differenced
Future Continuous
I will be differencing
you will be differencing
he/she/it will be differencing
we will be differencing
you will be differencing
they will be differencing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been differencing
you have been differencing
he/she/it has been differencing
we have been differencing
you have been differencing
they have been differencing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been differencing
you will have been differencing
he/she/it will have been differencing
we will have been differencing
you will have been differencing
they will have been differencing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been differencing
you had been differencing
he/she/it had been differencing
we had been differencing
you had been differencing
they had been differencing
Conditional
I would difference
you would difference
he/she/it would difference
we would difference
you would difference
they would difference
Past Conditional
I would have differenced
you would have differenced
he/she/it would have differenced
we would have differenced
you would have differenced
they would have differenced
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.difference - the quality of being unlike or dissimilardifference - the quality of being unlike or dissimilar; "there are many differences between jazz and rock"
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
otherness, separateness, distinctness - the quality of being not alike; being distinct or different from that otherwise experienced or known
differential - a quality that differentiates between similar things
differentia - distinguishing characteristics (especially in different species of a genus)
distinction - a distinguishing difference; "he learned the distinction between gold and lead"
discrepancy, disagreement, divergence, variance - a difference between conflicting facts or claims or opinions; "a growing divergence of opinion"
dissimilarity, unsimilarity - the quality of being dissimilar
variety, change - a difference that is usually pleasant; "he goes to France for variety"; "it is a refreshing change to meet a woman mechanic"
inequality - lack of equality; "the growing inequality between rich and poor"
sameness - the quality of being alike; "sameness of purpose kept them together"
2.difference - a variation that deviates from the standard or norm; "the deviation from the mean"
variation, fluctuation - an instance of change; the rate or magnitude of change
variance, variant, discrepancy - an event that departs from expectations
driftage - the deviation (by a vessel or aircraft) from its intended course due to drifting
flection, flexion, inflection - deviation from a straight or normal course
3.difference - a disagreement or argument about something importantdifference - 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"
disagreement - the speech act of disagreeing or arguing or disputing
collision - a conflict of opposed ideas or attitudes or goals; "a collision of interests"
contestation, controversy, disceptation, arguing, argument, contention, disputation, tilt - a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement; "they were involved in a violent argument"
gap - a difference (especially an unfortunate difference) between two opinions or two views or two situations
dustup, quarrel, run-in, wrangle, row, words - an angry dispute; "they had a quarrel"; "they had words"
4.difference - a significant change; "the difference in her is amazing"; "his support made a real difference"
change - a relational difference between states; especially between states before and after some event; "he attributed the change to their marriage"
5.difference - the number that remains after subtraction; the number that when added to the subtrahend gives the minuend
balance - the difference between the totals of the credit and debit sides of an account
number - a concept of quantity involving zero and units; "every number has a unique position in the sequence"

difference

make a difference to something or someone change, transform, alter, modify, metamorphose Where you live can make such a difference to the way you feel.

difference

noun
Translations
إخْتِلافإخْتِلاف، عَدم إتِّفاقاِخْتِلَاففَرْق
rozdílrozporneshoda
forskelmeningsforskeldifferens
eroeroavaisuuserotuserilaisuus
razlika
különbözet
beda
deilamismunurmunur
違い
차이점
diferencijavimasnuomonių nesutapimasskirtingas
atšķirībanesaskaņastarpībastrīds
razlika
skillnaddifferens
ความแตกต่าง
farklılıkgörüş ayrılığıuyuşmazlıkanlaşmazlıkaradaki fark
sự khác nhau

difference

[ˈdɪfrəns] N
1. (= dissimilarity) → diferencia f (between entre) I see no difference between themno veo diferencia alguna entre ellos
a car with a differenceun coche diferente or especial
that makes all the differenceeso cambia totalmente la cosa
it makes no differenceda igual, da lo mismo
it makes no difference to meme da igual or lo mismo
it will make no difference to usnos dará igual or lo mismo, no nos afectará en lo más mínimo
what difference does it make?¿qué más da?
it makes a lot of differenceimporta mucho
see also split C2
2. (between numbers, amounts) → diferencia f
I'll pay the differenceyo pagaré la diferencia
3. (= change) the difference in her is amazing!¡cuánto ha cambiado!
4. (euph) (= quarrel) → riña f
a difference of opinionun desacuerdo
see also put aside, settle

difference

[ˈdɪfrəns] n
(= dissimilarity) → différence f
difference in sth [+ size, colour, age] → différence de qch
There's not much difference in age between us → Il n'y a pas une grande différence d'âge entre nous.
difference between → différence entre
to tell the difference between (= distinguish) → différencier
I can't tell the difference between them → Je suis incapable de les différencier.
to make a difference (= be important) → avoir de l'importance
It makes no difference → Ça n'a pas d'importance.
it makes no difference to me (= is of no importance) → cela m'est égal, cela m'est indifférent
to make a difference to sth (= affect) → avoir un effet sur qch
to make all the difference (= be a decisive factor) → faire toute la différence
with a difference (= very unusual) [holiday, job] → pas comme les autres
(= disagreement) → différend m, désaccord m
to settle one's differences, to resolve one's differences → résoudre la situation
a difference of opinion (= disagreement) → une divergence d'opinions
(between numbers)différence f
to split the difference → couper la poire en deux

difference

n
Unterschied m; (in age) → (Alters)unterschied m (→ in, between zwischen +dat); that makes a big difference to medas ist für mich ein großer Unterschied; to make a difference to or in somethingeinen Unterschied bei etw machen; that makes a big or a lot of difference, that makes all the differencedas ändert die Sache völlig, das gibt der Sache (dat)ein ganz anderes Gesicht; cooperation makes all the differenceZusammenarbeit macht viel aus; a bottle of wine would make all the differencees fehlt nur noch eine Flasche Wein dazu; it makes all the difference in the worldda liegt der entscheidende Unterschied; what difference does it make if …?was macht es schon, wenn …?; what difference is that to you?was macht dir das aus?; it makes no difference, it doesn’t make any differencees ist egal; it makes no difference to medas ist mir egal or einerlei; for all the difference it makesobwohl es ja eigentlich egal ist; I can’t tell the differenceich kann keinen Unterschied erkennen; a job with a difference (inf)ein Job, der mal was anderes ist
(between numbers, amounts) → Differenz f; to pay the differencedie Differenz or den Rest(betrag) bezahlen; to split the differencesich (dat)die Differenz or den Rest(betrag) teilen
(= quarrel)Differenz f, → Auseinandersetzung f; a difference of opinioneine Meinungsverschiedenheit; to settle or resolve one’s differencesdie Differenzen or Meinungsverschiedenheiten beilegen

difference

[ˈdɪfrns] n
a. difference (in/between)differenza (di/tra)
that makes all the difference → questo cambia tutto
it makes no difference to me → per me è lo stesso
a car with a difference → una macchina diversa dalle altre
the difference in her is amazing → è incredibile com'è cambiata
I'll make up the difference later (of money) → ti do il resto dopo
common difference (Math) → ragione f
b. (quarrel) a difference of opinionuna divergenza di opinioni
they could not settle their differences → non sono riusciti a mettersi d'accordo

difference

(ˈdifrəns) noun
1. what makes one thing unlike another. I can't see any difference between these two pictures; It doesn't make any difference to me whether you go or stay; There's not much difference between them.
2. an act of differing, especially a disagreement. We had a difference of opinion; Have they settled their differences? (= Have they stopped arguing?).
3. the amount by which one quantity or number is greater than another. If you buy it for me I'll give you $6 now and make up the difference later.
ˈdifferent adjective
(often with from) not the same. These gloves are not a pair – they're different; My ideas are different from his.
ˌdiffeˈrentiate (-ˈrenʃieit) verb
1. to see or be able to tell a difference (between). I cannot even differentiate a blackbird and a starling.
2. (with between) to treat differently. She does not differentiate between her two children although one is adopted.
ˈdiffeˌrentiˈation noun

different is followed by from (not than).

difference

اِخْتِلَاف rozdíl forskel Unterschied διαφορά diferencia ero différence razlika differenza 違い 차이점 verschil forskjell różnica diferença разница skillnad ความแตกต่าง farklılık sự khác nhau 差别
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They were neither many nor heavy, but that made no difference to her.
I don't remember and anyway it makes no difference.
Yet people saw no difference between her and the three Marys; they were all Bohemians, all `hired girls.
Climate may have had great influence on the former, but it is difficult to see how it can have produced the substantial difference which exists in the latter.
As Phoebe curtsied in reply, the Judge bent forward, with the pardonable and even praiseworthy purpose--considering the nearness of blood and the difference of age--of bestowing on his young relative a kiss of acknowledged kindred and natural affection.
With all this difference of opinion as to the cause of his decline, there could be no question of the fact.
This tower was one of a pair--square, incongruous, crenelated structures-- that were distinguished, for some reason, though I could see little difference, as the new and the old.
And there is all the difference in the world between paying and being paid.
As the external difference between them is mainly observable in their heads; and as a head of each is this moment hanging from the Pequod's side; and as we may freely go from one to the other, by merely stepping across the deck: --where, I should like to know, will you obtain a better chance to study practical cetology than here?
York came round to our heads and shortened the rein himself -- one hole, I think; every little makes a difference, be it for better or worse, and that day we had a steep hill to go up.
It was not in his calmness that she read his comparative difference.
It was contrary to every doctrine of her's that difference of fortune should keep any couple asunder who were attracted by resemblance of disposition; and that Elinor's merit should not be acknowledged by every one who knew her, was to her comprehension impossible.