[syn: remainder, difference]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Difference \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;
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.
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Difference \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
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 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,
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
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:
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
360 Moby Thesaurus words for "difference":
aberrance, aberrancy, aberration, abnormality, abnormity,
about-face, accommodation, account, achievement, adaptation,
adjustment, aggregate, agreement to disagree, alerion, alienation,
alteration, amelioration, amorphism, amount, animal charge,
annulet, anomalism, anomalousness, anomaly, antagonism, apostasy,
argent, argument, argumentation, armorial bearings, armory, arms,
asymmetry, azure, bad copy, bad likeness, balance, bandeau, bar,
bar sinister, baton, bearings, bend, bend sinister, betterment,
billet, blazon, blazonry, bordure, box score, break, broad arrow,
cadency mark, camouflage, canton, capriciousness, cast, change,
change of heart, changeability, changeableness, chaplet, character,
characteristic, charge, chevron, chief, choppiness, clash,
clashing, coat of arms, cockatrice, conflict, constructive change,
contention, continuity, contradiction, contradistinction,
contrariety, contrast, controversy, conversion, coronet, count,
counter-culture, credit, crescent, crest, cross, cross moline,
cross-purposes, crown, dappleness, defection, deficit,
degeneration, degenerative change, derangement, deterioration,
deviation, device, difference of opinion, differencing,
differentiate, differentiation, difficulty, disaccord,
disaccordance, disagreement, disapprobation, disapproval, discern,
discontinuity, discord, discordance, discordancy, discrepancy,
discriminate, disequilibrium, disguise, disharmony, disorder,
disparity, disproportion, dispute, dissatisfaction, dissemblance,
dissension, dissent, dissentience, dissidence, dissimilarity,
dissimilation, dissimilitude, dissonance, distinction, distinguish,
disunion, disunity, divarication, divergence, divergency,
diversification, diversion, diversity, dividedness, division,
dropping out, eagle, eccentricity, epact, ermine, ermines,
erminites, erminois, erraticism, escutcheon, extricate, faction,
falcon, fess, fess point, field, file, fitting, flanch,
fleur-de-lis, flip-flop, fret, fur, fusil, garland, gradual change,
griffin, gules, gyron, hatchment, helmet, heraldic device,
heterogeneity, heteromorphism, honor point, idiosyncrasy,
imbalance, impalement, impaling, improvement, inaccordance,
inadequacy, incommensurability, incomparability, incongruity,
inconsistency, inconstancy, inequality, inequity, inescutcheon,
inferiority, injustice, instability, insufficiency, irregularity,
jarring, jerkiness, label, leftovers, lion, lozenge, makeup,
mantling, marshaling, martlet, mascle, melioration, mercuriality,
mere caricature, metal, metamorphosis, minority opinion,
misunderstanding, mitigation, modification, modulation,
monstrosity, motleyness, motto, mullet, mutability, nature,
negation, net, nombril point, nonagreement, nonassent,
nonconcurrence, nonconformism, nonconformity, nonconsent,
nonstandardization, nonuniformity, number, octofoil, odds,
opposition, oppugnancy, or, ordinary, orle, otherness, overbalance,
overthrow, pale, paly, pean, peculiarity, pheon, polarization,
poor imitation, product, purpure, qualification, quantity, quarrel,
quarter, quartering, radical change, raggedness, re-creation,
realignment, reckoning, recusance, recusancy, redesign, reform,
reformation, rejection, remainder, remaking, renewal, repudiation,
repugnance, reshaping, rest, restructuring, reversal, revival,
revivification, revolution, rose, sable, saltire, score, scutcheon,
secession, separate, sever, severalize, shield, shift, shortcoming,
spread eagle, strife, subnormality, subordinary, sudden change,
sum, summation, superiority, surplus, switch, tale, tally, tenne,
teratism, the bottom line, the story, the whole story, tincture,
torse, total, total change, transformation, transition, tressure,
turn, turnabout, unbalance, unconformism, unconformity,
underground, unevenness, unfair discrimination, unharmoniousness,
unicorn, unlikeness, unnaturalism, unnaturalness, unorthodoxy,
unresemblance, unsameness, unsimilarity, unsteadiness, upheaval,
vair, variability, variance, variation, variegation, variety,
variousness, versatility, vert, violent change, wavering, whole,
withdrawal, worsening, wreath, x number, yale
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
DIFFERENCE. A dispute, contest, disagreement, quarrel.