Definition of "difference" []

  • The quality or condition of being unlike or dissimilar. (noun)
  • An instance of disparity or unlikeness. (noun)
  • A degree or amount by which things differ. (noun)
  • A specific point or element that distinguishes one thing from another. (noun)
  • A noticeable change or effect: Exercise has made a difference in her health. (noun)
  • The state or quality of being unlike (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A specific instance of being unlike (noun)
  • A distinguishing mark or feature (noun)
  • A significant change in a situation (noun)
  • A disagreement or argument (noun)
  • A degree of distinctness, as between two people or things (noun)
  • The result of the subtraction of one number, quantity, etc, from another (noun)
  • The single number that when added to the subtrahend gives the minuend; remainder (noun)
  • The set of members of the first that are not members of the second (noun)
  • An addition to the arms of a family to represent a younger branch (noun)
  • To distinguish (verb)
  • To add a charge to (arms) to differentiate a branch of a family (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "difference" in a sentence
  • "To expand on the stats: if the difference between 80% and 50% is significant probability of less than .05 that it occurred by chance, all that means is that the *difference* between the program and coin-flipping is probably real."
  • "The difference in our stations makes no difference…."
  • "The only difference in the arms is, in both copies, that there is _no bordure engrailed_; but this has probably been added since as a _difference_, as was often done to distinguish families."