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  1. [noun] the result of mathematical differentiation; the instantaneous change of one quantity relative to another; df(x)/dx
    Synonyms: derived function, derivative, coefficient, first derivative

  2. [noun] a quality that differentiates between similar things

  3. [noun] a bevel gear that permits rotation of two shafts at different speeds; used on the rear axle of automobiles to allow wheels to rotate at different speeds on curves
    Synonyms: gear

  4. [adjective] relating to or showing a difference; "differential treatment"

  5. [adjective] involving or containing one or more derivatives; "differential equation"


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