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[ UK /dˌɪfəɹˈɛnʃə‍l/ ]
[ US /ˌdɪfɝˈɛnʃəɫ/ ]
  1. relating to or showing a difference
    differential treatment
  2. involving or containing one or more derivatives
    differential equation
  1. a quality that differentiates between similar things
  2. 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
  3. the result of mathematical differentiation; the instantaneous change of one quantity relative to another; df(x)/dx
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How To Use differential In A Sentence

  • Often the burial site is destroyed, or there is a differential representation of habitats.
  • With a full tank of fuel, the weight bias shifts rearwards slightly, which helps traction, as does the standard limited slip differential.
  • These authors, by using differential and density-gradient centrifugation techniques, achieved the differentiation of the microbody fraction from lysosomes, microsomes, and mitochondria.
  • It caused differential melting and sublimation on the surface, according to the patterns it happened to fall in and the mixes of ices it clung to, until it was washed away or encysted. The Clique
  • One last prediction the model makes is that the income differential paid to prostitutes will rise with the status the culture accords wives.
  • While a great comfort on long or rough rides, there are some situations where a fully locked differential is a benefit.
  • Torque transfer is a function of the internal gearing, which generates frictional resistance to differentiation through the axial and radial thrust forces of the gears in the differential.
  • Where Ancylostoma is also endemic, differential diagnosis may require larval culture although the treatment is similar.
  • The most important differential characteristics of the section Trionychon are branched stems, bracteolate flowers, an entire and campanulated calyx, a blue or purple corolla, white anthers, and the stigma usually white.
  • Kantorow M, Kays T, Horwitz J, Huang Q, Sun J, et al. (1998) Differential display detects altered gene expression between cataractous and normal human lenses. PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles
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