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Definitions for differentiation
dif·fer·en·ti·a·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. differentiation, distinctionnoun

    a discrimination between things as different and distinct

    "it is necessary to make a distinction between love and infatuation"

  2. differentiationnoun

    the mathematical process of obtaining the derivative of a function

  3. specialization, specialisation, differentiationnoun

    (biology) the structural adaptation of some body part for a particular function

    "cell differentiation in the developing embryo"

Wiktionary

  1. differentiationnoun

    The act of differentiating.

  2. differentiationnoun

    The process of determining the derived function of a function.

  3. differentiationnoun

    The act of distinguishing or describing a thing, by giving its different, or specific difference; exact definition or determination.

  4. differentiationnoun

    The gradual formation or production of organs or parts by a process of evolution or development, as when the seed develops the root and the stem, the initial stem develops the leaf, branches, and flower buds; or in animal life, when the germ evolves the digestive and other organs and members, or when the animals as they advance in organization acquire special organs for specific purposes.

  5. differentiationnoun

    (geology) The process of separation of cooling magma into various rock types.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Differentiationnoun

    the act of differentiating

  2. Differentiationnoun

    the act of distinguishing or describing a thing, by giving its different, or specific difference; exact definition or determination

  3. Differentiationnoun

    the gradual formation or production of organs or parts by a process of evolution or development, as when the seed develops the root and the stem, the initial stem develops the leaf, branches, and flower buds; or in animal life, when the germ evolves the digestive and other organs and members, or when the animals as they advance in organization acquire special organs for specific purposes

  4. Differentiationnoun

    the supposed act or tendency in being of every kind, whether organic or inorganic, to assume or produce a more complex structure or functions

Freebase

  1. Differentiation

    Differentiation in semantics is defined by Löbner as a meaning shift reached by "adding concepts to the original concepts". His example is James Joyce is hard to understand, where understand is differentiated from "perceiving the meaning" to "interpret the text meaning". A related meaning shift is metonymy, where one builds a new concept out of an element of the original concept. In the example mentioned, James Joyce most likely refers to "the work of James Joyce" and not to the author - a metonymical shift. If the name were to refer to the man, understand would be differently differentiated, perhaps one would read it as "interpret the speech articulation" or "comprehend the actions" of the person James Joyce. Meaning shifts are very common among language users, and allow for great flexibility of word usage. It is not to be confused with lexical ambiguity though, words as uttered in a context may have perfectly precise meanings even though in varying contexts they may be used to express widely different meanings.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of differentiation in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of differentiation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of differentiation in a Sentence

  1. Mark Boyadjis:

    Automakers want to keep their brand appeal and keep their differentiation, automakers don't want to have a state of the industry where you get in any vehicle and it's just the same experience wherever you go.

  2. Steve Jobs:

    It wasn't that Microsoft was so brilliant or clever in copying the Mac, it's that the Mac was a sitting duck for 10 years. That's Apple's problem: Their differentiation evaporated.

  3. Jonathan Hill:

    I don't want to burden smaller, lower-risk institutions with the same requirements we need for bigger, riskier ones, looking ahead, I am keen to build on this policy of differentiation.

  4. Tim Walz:

    The very tools that we need to use to get control, to make sure that buildings aren't burned and the rule of law collapses, are those very institutional tools that have led to that grief and pain, i understand clearly there is no trust in many of our communities, and the differentiation between the Minneapolis Police Department that we witnessed losing trust of those they are there to serve is very difficult for people to make.

  5. Ivo Pogorelić:

    First, technical perfection as something natural. Second, an insight into the development of the piano sound, as perfected by the pianist-composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, composers who understood the piano both as a human voice ... and as an orchestra with which they could produce a variety of colors. Third, the need to learn how to use every aspect of our new instruments, which are richer in sound. Fourth, the importance of differentiation.

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  • разграничение, раличаване, диференциране, видоизменение, разграничаванеBulgarian
  • differentieringDanish
  • Differentiation, Unterscheidung, Differenzierung, DifferenziationGerman
  • αντιδιαστολή, διαφοροποίησηGreek
  • diferenciaciónSpanish
  • eristamineEstonian
  • differointi, derivointi, erilaistaminen, differentiaatio, erittely, erkaantuminen, erilaistuminen, määrittely, derivoiminen, differentioituminenFinnish
  • différentiation, différenciationFrench
  • הבדלהHebrew
  • differenziazioneItalian
  • הַבחָנָהHebrew
  • 区別, 分化, 微分Japanese
  • differensieringNorwegian
  • różniczkowaniePolish
  • diferenciaçãoPortuguese
  • diferențiereRomanian
  • разделение, разграничение, дифференцирование, дифференциация, дифференцировкаRussian
  • differentiering, deriveringSwedish
  • türev, farklılaştırmaTurkish

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