|1.||[ noun ] the quality of being unlike or dissimilar|
: "there are many differences between jazz and rock"
|Related terms:||sameness quality discrepancy distinction inequality dissimilarity differentia variety differential otherness different|
|2.||[ noun ] (mathematics) a quantity obtained by subtraction|
"profit is a positive difference between income and expenses"
|Related terms:||sameness number quality quantity discrepancy distinction inequality dissimilarity variety differential differentia balance otherness differ distinguish differentiate different|
|3.||[ noun ] a variation that deviates from the standard or norm|
|Synonyms:||deviation departure divergence|
"the deviation from the mean"
|Related terms:||variation discrepancy driftage flection deviate distinguish|
|4.||[ noun ] a disagreement or argument about something important|
|Synonyms:||dispute difference_of_opinion conflict|
"he had a dispute with his wife" "there were irreconcilable differences" "the familiar conflict between Republicans and Democrats"
|Related terms:||disagreement fight controversy quarrel collision disagree|
|5.||[ noun ] a significant change|
"the difference in her is amazing" "his support made a real difference"
|Related terms:||change differentiate|