### What does **differential** mean?

# Definitions for differential

ˌdɪf əˈrɛn ʃəldif·fer·en·tial

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### Princeton's WordNet

derived function, derivative, differential coefficient, differential, first derivativenoun

the result of mathematical differentiation; the instantaneous change of one quantity relative to another; df(x)/dx

differentialnoun

a quality that differentiates between similar things

differential gear, differentialadjective

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

differentialadjective

relating to or showing a difference

"differential treatment"

differentialadjective

involving or containing one or more derivatives

"differential equation"

### Wiktionary

differentialnoun

the differential gear in an automobile etc

differentialnoun

a qualitative or quantitative difference between similar or comparable things

differentialnoun

an infinitesimal change in a variable, or the result of differentiation

differentialadjective

of, or relating to a difference

differentialadjective

dependent on, or making a difference; distinctive

differentialadjective

having differences in speed or direction of motion

differentialadjective

of, or relating to differentiation, or the differential calculus

### ChatGPT

differential

A differential is a mathematical tool used in calculus that represents a small change in a variable. In an equation, it measures the rate at which one quantity changes relative to another. It is often represented by the symbol 'dx' or 'dy'. In a broader sense, in fields such as engineering or physics, "differential" can refer to the process used in differential equations which describe the relationship between variables and their rates of change.

### Webster Dictionary

Differentialadjective

relating to or indicating a difference; creating a difference; discriminating; special; as, differential characteristics; differential duties; a differential rate

Differentialadjective

of or pertaining to a differential, or to differentials

Differentialadjective

relating to differences of motion or leverage; producing effects by such differences; said of mechanism

Differentialnoun

an increment, usually an indefinitely small one, which is given to a variable quantity

Differentialnoun

a small difference in rates which competing railroad lines, in establishing a common tariff, allow one of their number to make, in order to get a fair share of the business. The lower rate is called a differential rate. Differentials are also sometimes granted to cities

Differentialnoun

one of two coils of conducting wire so related to one another or to a magnet or armature common to both, that one coil produces polar action contrary to that of the other

Differentialnoun

a form of conductor used for dividing and distributing the current to a series of electric lamps so as to maintain equal action in all

**Etymology:**[Cf. F. diffrentiel.]

### Freebase

Differential

A differential is a device, usually, but not necessarily, employing gears, which is connected to the outside world by three shafts, chains, or similar, through which it transmits torque and rotation. The gears or other components make the three shafts rotate in such a way that, where, and are the angular velocities of the three shafts, and and are constants. Often, but not always, and are equal, so is proportional to the sum of and . Except in some special-purpose differentials, there are no other limitations on the rotational speeds of the shafts, apart from the usual mechanical/engineering limits. Any of the shafts can be used to input rotation, and the other to output it. See animation of a simple differential in which and are equal. The shaft rotating at speed is at the bottom-right of the image. In automobiles and other wheeled vehicles, a differential is the usual way to allow the driving roadwheels to rotate at different speeds. This is necessary when the vehicle turns, making the wheel that is travelling around the outside of the turning curve roll farther and faster than the other. The engine is connected to the shaft rotating at angular velocity . The driving wheels are connected to the other two shafts, and and are equal. If the engine is running at a constant speed, the rotational speed of each driving wheel can vary, but the sum of the two wheels' speeds can not change. An increase in the speed of one wheel must be balanced by an equal decrease in the speed of the other.

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### Examples of differential in a Sentence

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For many Australian corporations, Green bonds are a good fit because they have natural green assets that can be ring-fenced for these instruments, as far as pricing is concerned, I do not expect a

**differential**to develop between Green and standard bonds with the growth of the Green market likely to happen naturally as more investors participate in a widening array of Green-specific projects.What’s so striking to me is the

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## Translations for **differential**

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- диференциален, диференциал, отличителен, разграничителенBulgarian
- diferenciálníCzech
- διάφορος, διαφορικό, διαφορικόςGreek
- diferencialSpanish
- ero, differentiaaliFinnish
- différentielFrench
- דיפרנציאלHebrew
- differenciálHungarian
- דִיפֵר� נציִאָלִיHebrew
- różniczka, różnicowy, różniczkowyPolish
- дифференциа́льный, дифференциа́лRussian
- differential, differensSwedish
- diferansiyelTurkish
- 微分Chinese

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