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
Synonyms: remainder

"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
Similar spelling:   different