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Meaning & Definition of Differential in English

English

Differential

/dɪfərɛnʃəl/

noun

1. The result of mathematical differentiation

  • The instantaneous change of one quantity relative to another
  • Df(x)/dx
    synonym:
  • derived function
  • ,
  • derivative
  • ,
  • differential coefficient
  • ,
  • differential
  • ,
  • first derivative

2. A quality that differentiates between similar things

    synonym:
  • differential

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
    synonym:
  • differential gear
  • ,
  • differential

adjective

1. Relating to or showing a difference

  • "Differential treatment"
    synonym:
  • differential

2. Involving or containing one or more derivatives

  • "Differential equation"
    synonym:
  • differential

Examples of using

This differential equation can be easily solved by Laplace transform.
He didn't understand the concept of differential equations.