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differential British & World English

Of, showing, or depending on a difference; varying according to circumstances or relevant factors

differential English Thesaurus

differential treatment is accorded to working- and middle-class crime

pay differential British & World English

A difference in the salaries awarded to a group of employees, calculated according to differences in grade, skills, performance, etc.

time differential British & World English

Mathematics and Physics = time derivative.

differential lock British & World English

A device which disables the differential of a motor vehicle in slippery conditions to improve grip

semantic differential British & World English

A technique devised to measure a person's attitude towards something, by asking him or her to rate words from a given list seen as descriptive of it or not; a scale or test for implementing this.

differential calculus British & World English

A branch of mathematics concerned with the determination, properties, and application of derivatives and differentials

differential diagnosis British & World English

The process of differentiating between two or more conditions which share similar signs or symptoms

differential equation British & World English

An equation involving derivatives of a function or functions

differential windlass British & World English

A hoisting device consisting of two drums of different diameters on the same axis and turning at the same rate, so that a line wound on the larger drum and unwound from the smaller drum provides a mechanical advantage in lifting. Also called Chinese windlass

limited-slip differential British & World English

A differential gear that allows different driven shafts to rotate at different rates, within predetermined limits, typically used in motor vehicles to allow rear wheels to rotate independently when cornering.

differential coefficient British & World English

Another term for derivative.

partial differential equation British & World English

An equation containing one or more partial derivatives

differential gear in differential British & World English

A gear allowing a vehicle’s driven wheels to revolve at different speeds in cornering

differential calculus in calculus British & World English

The branch of mathematics that deals with the finding and properties of derivatives and integrals of functions, by methods originally based on the summation of infinitesimal differences. The two main types are differential calculus and integral calculus

Mathieu's equation British & World English

A differential equation arising in connection with elliptically symmetrical systems, having the form d2 y/dx 2 + (a + b cos 2x)y = 0, where a and b are constants.