Difference

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Difference \Dif"fer*ence\, noun [F. diff['e]rence, L. differentia.]

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. 5.

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 {Cadency}.

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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Difference \Dif"fer*ence\, verb (used with an object) [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. Scott.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

difference

noun

1: the quality of being unlike or dissimilar; "there are many differences between jazz and rock" [ant: {sameness}]

2: a variation that deviates from the standard or norm; "the deviation from the mean" [syn: {deviation}, {divergence}, {departure}, {difference}]

3: 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" [syn: {dispute}, {difference}, {difference of opinion}, {conflict}]

4: a significant change; "the difference in her is amazing"; "his support made a real difference"

5: the number that remains after subtraction; the number that when added to the subtrahend gives the minuend [syn: {remainder}, {difference}]

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