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English definition of “differential”

differential

noun [C] uk   /ˌdɪf.əˈren.ʃəl/ us  

differential noun [C] (GAP)

an amount of difference between things that are compared: a price differential The pay differential between workers and management is too great.Different and differenceNumerical relationships

differential noun [C] (GEAR)

a differential gearThe engine and engine partsEngines and motors

differential

adjective uk   /ˌdɪf.əˈren.ʃəl/ us  
based on a difference: We have a differential salary structure based on employees' experience.Different and differenceNumerical relationships
differentially
adverb uk   /-i/ us  
Different and difference
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