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Dictionary definition for: Differential

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

2. (a) relating to or showing a difference; "differential treatment"

3. (n) a quality that differentiates between similar things

4. (a) involving or containing one or more derivatives; "differential equation"

5. (n) 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

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