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difference

Syllabification: dif·fer·ence
Pronunciation: /ˈdif(ə)rəns
 
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Definition of difference in English:

noun

1A point or way in which people or things are not the same: the differences between men and women
More example sentences
  • Structural differences between the various drugs account for the differences in the potential side effects.
  • The differences between the present study and prior work likely represent differences in patient selection.
  • Therefore differences between the experiments could be attributed to differences in genetic background of the species that are not shared.
Synonyms
1.1The state or condition of being dissimilar or unlike: their difference from one another
More example sentences
  • There is in America a sense of distance from other nations, and of difference from them, which has been long remarked and debated.
  • The question then becomes: how can we free difference from these normative connotations?
  • A quick click on my archives, and I find that there's not much difference from last Christmas.
1.2A disagreement, quarrel, or dispute: the couple are patching up their differences
More example sentences
  • Naturally, we will have our differences and our disputes, but we must be especially wary of the tendency to cast them in terms of a fictitious religious strife.
  • Governments are often beset by internal divisions and dispute, but such differences have traditionally been over politics or policy.
  • In a voluntary society like the church we rely heavily on the ties that bind us together as the body of Christ as a way of resolving our differences and disputes.
Synonyms
1.3A quantity by which amounts differ; the remainder left after subtraction of one value from another: the gross margin is the difference between the total cost of the goods and the final selling price
More example sentences
  • If the antecedent is more true than the consequent, then the conditional is less than the maximal truth by the difference between their values.
  • The difference between the expected value and the certainty equivalent is the risk premium for the gamble.
  • It is claimed that there remains a substantial difference between that sum and the full amount of the loss.
Synonyms
balance, remainder, rest, remaining amount, residue
1.4 Heraldry An alteration in a coat of arms to distinguish members or branches of a family.
Example sentences
  • Secondly, it assumes coat armour to be hereditary in the male lines of a family, with differences to distinguish cadet branches.

verb

[with object] Heraldry Back to top  
Alter (a coat of arms) to distinguish members or branches of a family.

Origin

Middle English: via Old French from Latin differentia (see differentia).

Phrases

make a (or no) difference

1
Have a significant effect (or no effect) on a person or situation: the law will make no difference to my business
More example sentences
  • It simply makes no difference how well the situation there goes over the next year.
  • The awareness campaigns have made a difference but the situation is far from ideal.
  • It will make no difference to the situation we find ourselves in.

with a difference

2
Having a new or unusual feature or treatment: a fashion show with a difference
More example sentences
  • I believe the next exhibition will feature kids art presented with a difference.
  • This is fun fashion with a difference, with categories on cartoon characters.
  • It's a fashion parade with a difference, where the garments are everyday psychoses.

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