# differential

### 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*

### noun

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: manâ€“made