Definitions for differenceˈdɪf ər əns, ˈdɪf rəns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

dif•fer•enceˈdɪf ər əns, ˈdɪf rəns(n.; v.)-enced, -enc•ing.

  1. (n.)the state or relation of being different; dissimilarity.

  2. an instance or point of unlikeness or dissimilarity:

    the differences in their behavior.

  3. a significant change in or effect on a situation:

    It made no difference what I said; nothing could persuade him.

  4. a distinguishing characteristic; distinctive quality, feature, etc.

  5. the degree to which one person or thing differs from another.

  6. the act of distinguishing; discrimination; distinction.

  7. a disagreement in opinion.

  8. a dispute or quarrel.

  9. Math. the amount by which one quantity is greater or less than another. (of a function f) an expression of the form f(x+h) −f(x).

    Category: Math

  10. a differentia.

  11. (v.t.)to cause or constitute a difference in or between; make different.

  12. to perceive the difference in or between; discriminate.

Origin of difference:

1300–50; ME (< AF) < L

Princeton's WordNet

  1. difference(noun)

    the quality of being unlike or dissimilar

    "there are many differences between jazz and rock"

  2. deviation, divergence, departure, difference(noun)

    a variation that deviates from the standard or norm

    "the deviation from the mean"

  3. dispute, difference, difference of opinion, conflict(noun)

    a disagreement or argument about something important

    "he had a dispute with his wife"; "there were irreconcilable differences"; "the familiar conflict between Republicans and Democrats"

  4. difference(noun)

    a significant change

    "the difference in her is amazing"; "his support made a real difference"

  5. remainder, difference(noun)

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

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. difference(noun)ˈdɪf ər əns, ˈdɪf rəns

    ≠ similarity

    What's the difference between the old software and the new?; the differences between American and British English

  2. differenceˈdɪf ər əns, ˈdɪf rəns

    to see what is different about people or things

    You can't tell the difference between them.

  3. differenceˈdɪf ər əns, ˈdɪf rəns

    the extent to which one thing is different from another

    a difference in life expectancy between the rich and poor

  4. differenceˈdɪf ər əns, ˈdɪf rəns

    to have an effect on

    Diet makes an enormous difference to your overall health.

  5. differenceˈdɪf ər əns, ˈdɪf rəns

    to not matter, or to not have an effect

    It makes no difference to me whether we now or later.


  1. difference(Noun)

    The quality of being different.

    You need to learn to be more tolerant of difference.

  2. difference(Noun)

    A characteristic of something that makes it different from something else.

    There are three differences between these two pictures.

  3. difference(Noun)

    A disagreement or argument.

  4. difference(Noun)

    Significant change in or effect on a situation or state.

  5. difference(Noun)

    The result of a subtraction; sometimes the absolute value of this result.

  6. difference(Verb)

    To distinguish or differentiate.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Difference(noun)

    the act of differing; the state or measure of being different or unlike; distinction; dissimilarity; unlikeness; variation; as, a difference of quality in paper; a difference in degrees of heat, or of light; what is the difference between the innocent and the guilty?

  2. Difference(noun)

    disagreement in opinion; dissension; controversy; quarrel; hence, cause of dissension; matter in controversy

  3. Difference(noun)

    that by which one thing differs from another; that which distinguishes or causes to differ; mark of distinction; characteristic quality; specific attribute

  4. Difference(noun)

    choice; preference

  5. Difference(noun)

    an addition to a coat of arms to distinguish the bearings of two persons, which would otherwise be the same. See Augmentation, and Marks of cadency, under Cadency

  6. Difference(noun)

    the quality or attribute which is added to those of the genus to constitute a species; a differentia

  7. Difference(noun)

    the quantity by which one quantity differs from another, or the remainder left after subtracting the one from the other

  8. Difference(verb)

    to cause to differ; to make different; to mark as different; to distinguish


  1. Difference

    Difference is the third album of the Finnish power metal band Dreamtale released on 25 April 2005 on Spinefarm Records. It was also released in Japan. It features on vocals for the first time in the band Jarkko Ahola of the band Teräsbetoni.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'difference' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #948

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'difference' in Written Corpus Frequency: #626

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'difference' in Nouns Frequency: #195

Translations for difference

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


what makes one thing unlike another

I can't see any difference between these two pictures; It doesn't make any difference to me whether you go or stay; There's not much difference between them.

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