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dI f ren shl
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: being, characterized by, or causing a difference or distinction.
They complained to the management, citing differential treatment of men and women in the company.
definition 2: of, indicating, or depending on difference.
definition 3: in physics or machinery, relating to differences in rate, force, or direction of motion.
definition 4: in mathematics, relating to differentials.
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: in comparable things, a difference in cost, pay, quality, or the like.
a salary differential based on experience
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definition 2: in machinery, a system of gears allowing two or more shafts powered by the same source to turn at different speeds, as in the drive wheels of an automobile when it is turning; differential gear.
definition 3: in mathematics, a function that expresses the incremental increase of another function as a variable increases, and that can be used to calculate slopes, curves, accelerations, and the like.
definition 4: in physics, the amount of difference between two or more forces, rates, or the like.
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derivation: differentially (adv.)