- 1A point or way in which people or things are dissimilar: the differences between men and womenMore example sentences
dissimilarity, contrast, distinction, distinctness, differentiation; variance, variation, variability, divergence, deviation, polarity, gulf, breach, gap, split, disparity, imbalance, unevenness, incongruity, contradiction, contradistinction, nonconformity
- 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.
- 1.1 [mass noun] The state or condition of being dissimilar: their difference from one anotherMore 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 quantity by which amounts differ; the remainder left after subtraction of one value from another: the insurance company will pay the differenceMore 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.
- 1.3 Heraldry An alteration in a coat of arms to distinguish members or branches of a family.More example sentences
- Secondly, it assumes coat armour to be hereditary in the male lines of a family, with differences to distinguish cadet branches.
- 2A disagreement, quarrel, or dispute: the couple are patching up their differencesMore 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.
verb[with object] Heraldry Back to top
make a (or no) difference
- Have a significant effect (or no effect) on a person or situation: the Act will make no difference to my businessMore 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
- Having a new or unusual feature or treatment: a fashion show with a differenceMore 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.
Middle English: via Old French from Latin differentia (see differentia).