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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Difference  \Dif"fer*ence\,  n.  [F.  diff['e]rence,  L. 
  differentia.] 
  1.  The  act  of  differing;  the  state  or  measure  of  being 
  different  or  unlike;  distinction;  dissimilarity; 
  unlikeness;  variation;  as  a  difference  of  quality  in 
  paper;  a  difference  in  degrees  of  heat,  or  of  light;  what 
  is  the  difference  between  the  innocent  and  the  guilty? 
 
  Differencies  of  administration,  but  the  same  Lord. 
  --1  Cor.  xii. 
  5. 
 
  2.  Disagreement  in  opinion;  dissension;  controversy;  quarrel; 
  hence  cause  of  dissension;  matter  in  controversy. 
 
  What  was  the  difference?  It  was  a  contention  in 
  public.  --Shak. 
 
  Away  therefore  went  I  with  the  constable,  leaving 
  the  old  warden  and  the  young  constable  to  compose 
  their  difference  as  they  could  --T.  Ellwood. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Difference  \Dif"fer*ence\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Differenced};  p. 
  pr  &  vb  n.  {Differencing}.] 
  To  cause  to  differ;  to  make  different;  to  mark  as  different; 
  to  distinguish. 
 
  Thou  mayest  difference  gods  from  men.  --Chapman. 
 
  Kings,  in  receiving  justice  and  undergoing  trial,  are 
  not  differenced  from  the  meanest  subject.  --Milton. 
 
  So  completely  differenced  by  their  separate  and 
  individual  characters  that  we  at  once  acknowledge  them 
  as  distinct  persons.  --Sir  W. 
  Scott. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  difference 
  n  1:  the  quality  of  being  unlike  or  dissimilar:  "there  are  many 
  differences  between  jazz  and  rock"  [ant:  {sameness}] 
  2:  a  quantity  obtained  by  subtraction;  "profit  is  a  positive 
  difference  between  income  and  expenses" 
  3:  a  variation  that  deviates  from  the  standard  or  norm;  "the 
  deviation  from  the  mean"  [syn:  {deviation},  {divergence}, 
  {departure}] 
  4:  a  disagreement  or  argument  about  something  important;  "he 
  had  a  dispute  with  his  wife";  "there  were  irreconcilable 
  differences";  "the  familiar  conflict  between  Republicans 
  and  Democrats"  [syn:  {dispute},  {difference  of  opinion},  {conflict}] 
  5:  a  significant  change;  "the  difference  in  her  is  amazing"; 
  "his  support  made  a  real  difference" 




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