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Difference appears in the following tongue twister:

  • There are two minutes difference from four to two to two to two, from two to two to two, too.

Usage statistics for the noun difference:

spoken English44.6%written English55.4% conversational speech34.46%task-oriented speech65.54% imaginative writing21.84%informational writing78.16%
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The word difference is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun difference

What does difference mean as a name of something?

Difference is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural: differences

  1. the quality of being unlike or dissimilar
  2. a variation that deviates from the standard or norm
  3. a disagreement or argument about something important
  4. a significant change
    • examples: the difference in her is amazing | his support made a real difference
    • lexical domain: Relations - nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas
    • more generic word: change = a relational difference between states
  5. the number that remains after subtraction; the number that when added to the subtrahend gives the minuend
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • synonym of difference: remainder
    • more generic word: number = a concept of quantity involving zero and units
    • more specific word: balance = the difference between the totals of the credit and debit sides of an account

Alternative definition of the noun difference


  1. [uncountable] The quality of being different.
  2. [countable] A characteristic of something that makes it different from something else.
  3. [countable] A disagreement or argument.
  4. [countable, uncountable] Significant change in or effect on a situation or state.
  5. [countable, arithmetic] The result of a subtraction; sometimes the absolute value of this result.


Difference is a record label.


  1. "Difference" is the third album of the Finnish power metal band Dreamtale released on 25 April 2005 on Spinefarm Records. It was also released in Japan. It features on vocals for the first time in the band Jarkko Ahola of the band Teräsbetoni.
    • genre: Power metal
    • released on (10 years ago)
  2. "Difference" is a musical album of Yoon Do Hyun.
    • released on (10 years ago)
  3. "Difference" is a musical single of Djum Djum.
    • released in (26 years ago)
  4. "Difference" is a musical album of Larry Coryell.
    • released in (38 years ago)


  1. Difference is a key concept of philosophy, denoting the process or set of properties by which one entity is distinguished from another within a relational field or a given conceptual system. In the Western philosophical system, difference is traditionally viewed as being opposed to identity, following the Principles of Leibniz, and in particular, his Law of the Identity of indiscernibles. In structuralist and poststructuralist accounts, however, difference is understood to be constitutive of both meaning and identity. In other words, because identity is viewed in non-essentialist terms as a construct, and because constructs only produce meaning through the interplay of differences, it is the case that for both structuralism and poststructuralism, identity cannot be said to exist without difference.
  2. Difference a.k.a. Differences: differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies is a peer-reviewed academic journal that was established in 1989 by Naomi Schor and Elizabeth Weed. It covers research in cultural studies. The current editors-in-chief are Elizabeth Weed and Ellen Rooney. The journal, though autonomous, is housed by the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women. It was originally published by Indiana University Press, but since 2003 it has been published by Duke University Press.
  3. Difference is a cataloged instance, musical recording, canonical version.

Phrases with Difference

Phrases starting with the word Difference:

  1. difference limen
  2. Difference engine
  3. difference equation
  4. difference threshold
  5. difference of opinion

Phrases ending with the word Difference:

  1. Goal difference
  2. Same Difference
  3. Time Difference
  4. Common Difference
  5. Finite difference
  6. Make A Difference
  7. Spot the difference
  8. Spot-the-Difference
  9. Tell the Difference
  10. potential difference
  11. Symmetric difference
  12. Deflection Difference
  13. To Tell the Difference
  14. Set-Theoretic Difference

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Difference

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Google previewMetropolitan System of Bookkeeping (1916)

Embracing Theory and Practice of Bookkeeping and Accounting for High Schools, Parochial Schools, Academies and All Other Schools Teaching the Subject by William Adam Sheaffer

The difference is the cost of the goods sold. This result is subtracted from the - credit side, which is the value of the...

Google previewElectronic Funds Fraud (1993)

by James M Tien

One major difference is that while ATM incidents occur frequently, with the largest banks experiencing several thousand incidents per year, wire transfer incidents are rare, with even the largest banks experiencing only a few incidents per year.

Google previewA Paradigm Theory of Existence (2002)

Onto-Theology Vindicated by W.F. Vallicella

The second, call it the minor difference, is that between the existence unique to a particular existent and that particular existent. To anticipate a later conclusion, the major existential difference is the difference between the paradigm existent ...

Google previewBuilding Bioinformatics Solutions (2014)

by Conrad Bessant, Darren Oakley, Ian Shadforth

A Perl hash is similar to an array in that it is a list of scalar variables, the difference is that a hash is not a number indexed list—the...

Google previewSri-Ram Aiyer

A second major difference is that Mexico completely eliminated its PAYG system whereas Chile and Argentina retained the option to contribute to the...

A third major difference is the terms and conditions of the minimum pension guarantee.

Google previewThe Coinage of Northern India (1980)

by P. C. Roy

The first numismatic difference is that on the coins of Narwar Chahadadeva there is the use of the prefix as Snmat,1TM...

The third difference is the absence of the words Asdvan and Samantadeva on the coins of Narwar Chahadadeva.

Google previewProtocols for Authentication and Key Establishment (2003)

by Colin Boyd, Anish Mathuria

The main difference is that the shared secret is ZAB = grarn but this seems ...

Google previewCode of Federal Regulations (2008)


However, if the application of the levy is neither different by its terms nor different in practice for dual capacity taxpayers from its application to Other perSons, or if the only difference is that a lower rate (but the same base) applies to dual ...

Google previewIntroductory Statistics , Exploring the World Through Data (2016)

by CTI Reviews

Difference is a key concept of philosophy, denoting the process or set of properties by which one entity is distinguished from another within a relational field or a given conceptual system. In the Western philosophical system, difference is ...

Google previewUsing Multivariate Statistics (2016)

by CTI Reviews

Difference is a key concept of philosophy, denoting the process or set of ...

Google previewBuilding a New World (2015)

by Luce Irigaray

For Irigaray, sexuate difference is a basic and universal mode of being, of beingtwo, and it cannot be approached in the same light as the question of race or religion. Sexuate difference is a way of being in the world that is rooted in the ...

Google previewA New Mathematical Dictionary (1743)

Wherein is Contain'd, Not Only the Explanation of the Bare Terms, But Likewise an History of the Rise, Progress, State, Properties, Etc. of Things, Both in Pure Mathematics and Natural Philosophy, So Far as These Last Come Under a Mathematical Consideration by Edmund Stone

Latitudes and Distance given : to find the Course, Departure, and Difference of Longitude. For the Course : As the Diitance A c is to the Radius, fo is A b the Difference of Latitude, to the Sine of A c b the Complement of the Course.

Google previewComprehensive Dictionary of Chemical Engineering (2015)

by Muhammad Rashid Usman

Logarithmic mean concentration difference: The ...

Google previewA Complete Dictionary of Astrology, in which every technical ... term belonging to the Science is ... explained and the various systems of the most approved Authors accurately defined, etc (1819)

by James WILSON (Philomath.)

ASCENSIONAL DIFFERENCE, the difference between the right and oblique ascension of any star or part of the ecliptic. It is found by taking the declination of the star, ...

Google previewThe Deleuze Dictionary Revised Edition (2010)

by Adrian Parr

DIFFERENCE 75 a universal grouping, such as Being, a conception of presence that alone makes the groups wholly consistent and meaningful. It is because Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel drew a comprehensive and cohesive world of Being ...

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Usage statistics about difference

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun difference:

spoken English44.6%written English55.4% conversational speech34.46%task-oriented speech65.54% imaginative writing21.84%informational writing78.16%

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Quotes about Difference

There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. That little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative. (Robert Collier)
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Scrabble value of D2I1F4F4E1R1E1N1C3E1

The value of this 10-letter word is 19 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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