Definition of differential noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌdɪfəˈrenʃl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪfəˈrenʃl//
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  1. 1differential (between A and B) a difference in the amount, value or size of something, especially the difference in rates of pay for people doing different work in the same industry or profession wage/pay/income differentials
  2. 2(also differential gear) a gear that makes it possible for a vehicle’s back wheels to turn at different speeds when going around corners
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from medieval Latin differentialis, from Latin differentia ‘difference’from different- ‘carrying away’, from the verb differre, from dis- ‘from, away’ + ferre ‘bring, carry’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: differential