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see synonyms of difference


1. difference

the quality of being unlike or dissimilar

Example Sentences:
'there are many differences between jazz and rock'

2. departure, deviation, difference, divergence

a variation that deviates from the standard or norm

Example Sentences:
'the deviation from the mean'

3. conflict, difference, difference of opinion, dispute

a disagreement or argument about something important

Example Sentences:
'he had a dispute with his wife'
'there were irreconcilable differences'
'the familiar conflict between Republicans and Democrats'

4. difference

a significant change

Example Sentences:
'the difference in her is amazing'
'his support made a real difference'

5. difference, remainder

the number that remains after subtraction; the number that when added to the subtrahend gives the minuend

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of difference
the state or quality of being unlike
a specific instance of being unlike
a distinguishing mark or feature
a significant change in a situation
the difference in her is amazing
a disagreement or argument
he had a difference with his wife
a degree of distinctness, as between two people or things
the result of the subtraction of one number, quantity, etc, from another
the single number that when added to the subtrahend gives the minuend; remainder
8. logic another name for differentia
9.  symmetric difference
10. heraldry
an addition to the arms of a family to represent a younger branch
11.  make a difference
12.  split the difference
13.  with a difference
verb (transitive)
14. rare
to distinguish
15. heraldry
to add a charge to (arms) to differentiate a branch of a family

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see synonyms of difference
condition, quality, fact, or instance of being different
the way in which people or things are different; esp., a determining point or factor that makes for a distinct change or contrast
the state of holding a differing opinion; disagreement
the point at issue; point of disagreement
a dispute; quarrel
a discrimination or distinction in preference
a significant effect on or change in a situation
7.  Ancient Mathematics
the amount by which one quantity differs from another; remainder left after subtraction
verb transitiveWord forms: ˈdifferˌenced or ˈdifferˌencing
8.  Rare
to distinguish as or make different

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of difference
1. The quality or condition of being unlike or dissimilar.
a. An instance of disparity or unlikeness: There is a big difference in sound between a clarinet and an oboe.
b. A degree or amount by which things differ: a difference in height of three inches.
3. A noticeable change or effect: Exercise has made a difference in her health.
4. A disagreement or controversy: Let's settle our differences.
5. Discrimination in taste or choice; distinction: In this case, the law should make no difference between young and old.
6. Mathematics
a. The amount by which one quantity is greater or less than another.
b. The amount that remains after one quantity is subtracted from another.
tr.v. dif·fer·enced, dif·fer·enc·ing, dif·fer·enc·es
To distinguish or differentiate.

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