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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)

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.

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."