(noun, adjective)


1. relating to or showing a difference

- differential treatment

2. involving or containing one or more derivatives

- differential equation

Sentences with differential as an adjective:

- differential characteristics


1. the result of mathematical differentiation; the instantaneous change of one quantity relative to another; df(x)/dx

Similar word(s): derivative

Definition categories: thought, calculation, computation, figuring, reckoning

2. a quality that differentiates between similar things

Definition categories: attribute, difference

3. 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

Definition categories: man–made