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**Dictionary entry overview: What does differential mean?**

• **DIFFERENTIAL** (noun)

The noun **DIFFERENTIAL** has 3 senses:

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

**2.** a quality that differentiates between similar things

**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

*Familiarity information: DIFFERENTIAL used as a noun is uncommon.*

• **DIFFERENTIAL** (adjective)

The adjective **DIFFERENTIAL** has 2 senses:

**1.** relating to or showing a difference

**2.** involving or containing one or more derivatives

*Familiarity information: DIFFERENTIAL used as an adjective is rare.*

**Dictionary entry details**

Sense 1 | differential ^{[BACK TO TOP]} |

**Meaning:**

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

**Classified under:**

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

**Synonyms:**

first derivative; differential coefficient; differential; derived function; derivative

**Hypernyms ("differential" is a kind of...):**

calculation; computation; figuring; reckoning (problem solving that involves numbers or quantities)

**Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "differential"):**

curvature (the rate of change (at a point) of the angle between a curve and a tangent to the curve)

partial; partial derivative (the derivative of a function of two or more variables with respect to a single variable while the other variables are considered to be constant)

Sense 2 | differential ^{[BACK TO TOP]} |

**Meaning:**

A quality that differentiates between similar things

**Classified under:**

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

**Hypernyms ("differential" is a kind of...):**

difference (the quality of being unlike or dissimilar)

Sense 3 | differential ^{[BACK TO TOP]} |

**Meaning:**

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

**Classified under:**

Nouns denoting man-made objects

**Synonyms:**

differential gear; differential

**Hypernyms ("differential" is a kind of...):**

bevel gear; pinion and crown wheel; pinion and ring gear (gears that mesh at an angle)

Sense 1 | differential ^{[BACK TO TOP]} |

**Meaning:**

Relating to or showing a difference

**Classified under:**

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

**Context example:**

differential treatment

**Pertainym:**

difference (the quality of being unlike or dissimilar)

Sense 2 | differential ^{[BACK TO TOP]} |

**Meaning:**

Involving or containing one or more derivatives

**Classified under:**

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

**Context example:**

differential equation

**Domain category:**

math; mathematics; maths (a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement)

**Pertainym:**

differentiation (the mathematical process of obtaining the derivative of a function)

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