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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. To cause to differ; to make different; to mark as different; to distinguish.
  13. To distinguish.
  14. The act or state of being unlike; distinction; controversy; quarrel.
  15. To distinguish between; discriminate; subtract from.
  16. The quality distinguishing one thing from another: a contention or quarrel: the point in dispute: the excess of one quantity or number over another.
  17. Disagreement; distinction; unlikeness; excess of one quantity over another.
  18. The state or quality of being unlike; that in which two things are unlike; unlikeness; distinction; discrimination.
  19. A disagreement; controversy; quarrel.
  20. 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.
  21. Want of similarity; distinction; that which distinguishes one from another; contention; quarrel; the point in dispute; the remainder after subtraction.
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Usage examples for difference

  1. It would make a difference, perhaps. – The Heart of Rome by Francis Marion Crawford
  2. And it would make no difference. – Christopher Hibbault, Roadmaker by Marguerite Bryant
  3. But does it make no difference to you? – No Hero by E.W. Hornung
  4. Sleep will make all the difference. – The Love Affairs of Pixie by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
  5. But where's the difference. – Erik Dorn by Ben Hecht
  6. That made the difference with me. – The Man Thou Gavest by Harriet T. Comstock
  7. Now it made little difference. – The Mind Master by Arthur J. Burks
  8. But I make a difference. – Mohun, or, The Last Days of Lee by John Esten Cooke
  9. But you- you made all the difference. – Charles Rex by Ethel M. Dell
  10. But there is a difference between you. – Bye-Ways by Robert Smythe Hichens
  11. " It doesn't make any difference," he replied. – Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  12. It does make a difference even though we can't see it. – The Bars of Iron by Ethel May Dell
  13. Of course, there is this difference. – Humanistic-Nursing by Paterson, Josephine G.
  14. There's a lot of difference between horse sense and the law, Maisie. – The Lash by Olin L. Lyman
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