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Meaning of difference by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English, from Old French difference, from Latin differentia ( “difference” ), from differens ( “different” ), present participle of differre


    • IPA: /ˈdɪfɹəns/


    difference ( countable and uncountable; plural: differences )

    1. ( uncountable ) The quality of being different .
      You need to learn to be more tolerant of difference .
    2. ( countable ) A characteristic of something that makes it different from something else .
      There are three differences between these two pictures .
    3. ( countable ) A disagreement or argument .
    4. ( countable, uncountable ) Significant change in or effect on a situation or state .
      It just won't make much difference to me .
      it just won't make much of a difference to anyone .
    5. ( countable ) The result of a subtraction; sometimes the absolute value of this result .



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    External links

    • difference in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • difference in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Explanation of difference by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the quality of being unlike or dissimilar

    2. there are many differences between jazz and rock
    3. a disagreement or argument about something important

    4. there were irreconcilable differences
    5. a variation that deviates from the standard or norm

    6. the number that remains after subtraction

    7. a significant change

    8. the difference in her is amazing
      his support made a real difference