Definitions of difference

  1. 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"
  2. a variation that deviates from the standard or norm; " the deviation from the mean"
  3. a significant change; " the difference in her is amazing"; " his support made a real difference"
  4. the quality of being unlike or dissimilar; " there are many differences between jazz and rock"
  5. the number that remains after subtraction; the number that when added to the subtrahend gives the minuend
  6. 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?
  7. Disagreement in opinion; dissension; controversy; quarrel; hence, cause of dissension; matter in controversy.
  8. That by which one thing differs from another; that which distinguishes or causes to differ; mark of distinction; characteristic quality; specific attribute.
  9. Choice; preference.
  10. 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 Cadency.
  11. The quality or attribute which is added to those of the genus to constitute a species; a differentia.
  12. The quantity by which one quantity differs from another, or the remainder left after subtracting the one from the other.
  13. To cause to differ; to make different; to mark as different; to distinguish.
  14. To distinguish.
  15. The act or state of being unlike; distinction; controversy; quarrel.
  16. To distinguish between; discriminate; subtract from.
  17. The quality distinguishing one thing from another: a contention or quarrel: the point in dispute: the excess of one quantity or number over another.
  18. Disagreement; distinction; unlikeness; excess of one quantity over another.
  19. The state or quality of being unlike; that in which two things are unlike; unlikeness; distinction; discrimination.
  20. A disagreement; controversy; quarrel.
  21. The state of being unlike or distinct; the quality which distinguishes one thing from another; a contention; the point in dispute; distinction; mark of distinction; the remainder of a sum or quantity after a lesser sum or quantity is subtracted; the differentia; a certain figure added to a coat- of- arms, serving to distinguish one family from another, or to show how distant a younger branch is from the elder or principal branch.
  22. Want of similarity; distinction; that which distinguishes one from another; contention; quarrel; the point in dispute; the remainder after subtraction.

Quotes of difference

  1. There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and the tired man who wants a book to read. – Gilbert K. Chesterton
  2. The only difference was one of them was trying to make a perfect cake and one of them was trying to write a great book. But if we remove that from the equation, it's the same impulse and they are equally entitled to their ecstasies and their despair. – Michael Cunningham
  3. The one important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one's work seriously and taking one's self seriously. The first is imperative and the second is disastrous. – Margot Fonteyn
  4. I will act as if what I do makes a difference – William James
  5. Knowing is not understanding. There is a great difference between knowing and understanding: you can know a lot about something and not really understand it. – Charles Kettering
  6. What's interesting is that both men and women are struggling with this issue in remarkably similar percentages, but the big difference is that women tend to talk about this when men keep it silent. – James Levine
  7. It doesn't make any difference what religion you are, or how young you are or how old you are -if they go to these abortion mills and stand there and pray -that would make a lot of difference – Norma McCorvey
  8. Example moves the world more than doctrine. The great exemplars are the poets of action, and it makes little difference whether they be forces for good or forces for evil. – Henry Miller
  9. Make a difference about something other than yourselves. – Toni Morrison
  10. I make up my opinions from facts and reasoning, and not to suit any body but myself. If people don't like my opinions, it makes little difference as I don't solicit their opinions or votes. – William Tecumseh Sherman
  11. The difference between me and the newer artists is that I have the history with the architects, the masters that started the music. I know where the music came from. – Ricky Skaggs
  12. How can we live and die and never know the difference – Clyfford Still
  13. It is sometimes very hard to tell the difference between history and the smell of skunk. – Rebecca West
  14. I think these ladies, that group of 130 women, are going to make a difference in what goes on down there, because they're going to hold the locals' feet to the fire. – Lynn Westmoreland
  15. There is a great advantage in training under unfavorable conditions. It is better to train under bad conditions, for the difference is then a tremendous relief in a race. – Emil Zatopek

Usage examples for difference

  1. There is a difference – Three Comedies by Björnstjerne M. Björnson Commentator: R. Farquharson Sharp
  2. Does it make very much difference in which year I turn that life over to the Flag?" – Dave Darrin's First Year at Annapolis by H. Irving Hancock
  3. It does make a difference even though we can't see it. – The Bars of Iron by Ethel May Dell
  4. Now it made little difference – The Mind Master by Arthur J. Burks
  5. But does it make no difference to you? – No Hero by E.W. Hornung
  6. But you- you made all the difference – Charles Rex by Ethel M. Dell
  7. But there is a difference between you. – Bye-Ways by Robert Smythe Hichens
  8. I always say it makes a lot of difference what kind of a place you got to work in. – I Walked in Arden by Jack Crawford
  9. There's a lot of difference between horse sense and the law, Maisie. – The Lash by Olin L. Lyman
  10. And it would make no difference – Christopher Hibbault, Roadmaker by Marguerite Bryant
  11. I'll try to be there, but it won't make any difference if I'm not- you know about everything. – One Woman's Life by Robert Herrick
  12. " It doesn't make any difference he replied. – Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  13. There's a difference you know." – The Hidden Places by Bertrand W. Sinclair
  14. Why was such a great difference made? – In Wild Rose Time by Amanda M. Douglas
  15. But I make a difference – Mohun, or, The Last Days of Lee by John Esten Cooke
  16. Of course, there is this difference – Humanistic-Nursing by Paterson, Josephine G.
  17. Sleep will make all the difference – The Love Affairs of Pixie by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
  18. It would make a difference perhaps. – The Heart of Rome by Francis Marion Crawford
  19. That made the difference with me. – The Man Thou Gavest by Harriet T. Comstock
  20. But where's the difference – Erik Dorn by Ben Hecht

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