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Definition of differential:

  1. A form of conductor used for dividing and distributing the current to a series of electric lamps so as to maintain equal action in all.
  2. A small difference in rates which competing railroad lines, in establishing a common tariff, allow one of their number to make, in order to get a fair share of the business. The lower rate is called a differential rate. Differentials are also sometimes granted to cities.
  3. An increment, usually an indefinitely small one, which is given to a variable quantity.
  4. One of two coils of conducting wire so related to one another or to a magnet or armature common to both, that one coil produces polar action contrary to that of the other.
  5. Relating to differences of motion or leverage; producing effects by such differences; said of mechanism.
  6. Relating to or indicating a difference; creating a difference; discriminating; special; as, differential characteristics; differential duties; a differential rate.


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