1. [ adjective ] relating to or showing a difference

"differential treatment"

Related terms: difference difference
2. [ noun ] (mathematics,psychology) the result of mathematical differentiation; the instantaneous change of one quantity relative to another; df(x)/dx
Synonyms: derivative first_derivative differential_coefficient derived_function
Related terms: calculation partial curvature
3. [ noun ] a quality that differentiates between similar things
Related terms: difference difference
4. [ adjective ] (mathematics) involving or containing one or more derivatives

"differential equation"

Related terms: mathematics differentiation
5. [ noun ] a bevel gear that permits rotation of two shafts at different speeds; used on the rear axle of automobiles to allow wheels to rotate at different speeds on curves
Synonyms: differential_gear
Related terms: bevel_gear
Similar spelling:   differentia