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Pronunciation:  'difuruns

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the quality of being unlike or dissimilar; "there are many differences between jazz and rock"
  2. [n]  a disagreement or argument about something important; "he had a dispute with his wife"; "there were irreconcilable differences"; "the familiar conflict between Republicans and Democrats"
  3. [n]  a variation that deviates from the standard or norm; "the deviation from the mean"
  4. [n]  the number that remains after subtraction; the number that when added to the subtrahend gives the minuend
  5. [n]  a significant change; "the difference in her is amazing"; "his support made a real difference"

DIFFERENCE is a 10 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: conflict, departure, deviation, difference of opinion, dispute, divergence, remainder
 Antonyms: sameness
 See Also: arguing, argument, change, change, collision, contention, contestation, controversy, differentia, differential, disagreement, disagreement, discrepancy, discrepancy, disputation, dissimilarity, distinction, distinctness, divergence, driftage, dustup, fight, flection, flexion, fluctuation, inequality, inflection, number, otherness, quality, quarrel, row, run-in, separateness, tilt, unsimilarity, variance, variance, variant, variation, variety, words, wrangle



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Dif"fer*ence\, n. [F. diff['e]rence, L.
    1. The act of differing; the state or measure of being
       different or unlike; distinction; dissimilarity;
       unlikeness; variation; as, a difference of quality in
       paper; a difference in degrees of heat, or of light; what
       is the difference between the innocent and the guilty?
             Differencies of administration, but the same Lord.
                                                   --1 Cor. xii.
    2. Disagreement in opinion; dissension; controversy; quarrel;
       hence, cause of dissension; matter in controversy.
             What was the difference? It was a contention in
             public.                               --Shak.
             Away therefore went I with the constable, leaving
             the old warden and the young constable to compose
             their difference as they could.       --T. Ellwood.
    3. That by which one thing differs from another; that which
       distinguishes or causes to differ; mark of distinction;
       characteristic quality; specific attribute.
             The marks and differences of sovereignty. --Davies.
    4. Choice; preference. [Obs.]
             That now he chooseth with vile difference To be a
             beast, and lack intelligence.         --Spenser.
    5. (Her.) An addition to a coat of arms to distinguish the
       bearings of two persons, which would otherwise be the
       same. See {Augmentation}, and {Marks of cadency}, under
    6. (Logic) The quality or attribute which is added to those
       of the genus to constitute a species; a differentia.
    7. (Math.) The quantity by which one quantity differs from
       another, or the remainder left after subtracting the one
       from the other.
    {Ascensional difference}. See under {Ascensional}.
    Syn: Distinction; dissimilarity; dissimilitude; variation;
         diversity; variety; contrariety; disagreement; variance;
         contest; contention; dispute; controversy; debate;
         quarrel; wrangle; strife.
  2. \Dif"fer*ence\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Differenced}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Differencing}.]
    To cause to differ; to make different; to mark as different;
    to distinguish.
          Thou mayest difference gods from men.    --Chapman.
          Kings, in receiving justice and undergoing trial, are
          not differenced from the meanest subject. --Milton.
          So completely differenced by their separate and
          individual characters that we at once acknowledge them
          as distinct persons.                     --Sir W.
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