1 mark as different; "We distinguish several kinds of maple" [syn: distinguish, separate, secern, secernate, severalize, severalise, tell, tell apart]
2 be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense; "His modesty distinguishes him form his peers" [syn: distinguish, mark]
3 calculate a derivative; take the derivative [ant: integrate]
4 become different during development; "cells differentiate" [ant: dedifferentiate]
5 evolve so as to lead to a new species or develop in a way most suited to the environment [syn: speciate, specialize, specialise]
6 become distinct and acquire a different character
- To show, or be the
- 1933: The mass of the rich and poor are differentiated by their incomes and nothing else, and the average millionaire is only the average dishwasher dressed in a new suit. -- George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London, Ch. XXII, pg. 120 (Harvest / Harcourt paperback edition).
- To perceive the difference between things; to discriminate
- In the context of "transitive|intransitive": To modify, or be modified.
- In the context of "transitive|mathematics": To calculate the derivative of a function.
- In the context of "transitive|mathematics": To calculate the differential of a function of multiple variables.
- In the context of "intransitive|biology": To produce distinct organs or to achieve specific functions by a process of development called differentiation.
modify, be modified
- Polish: różnicować
to calculate the derivative
- Dutch: differentiëren
Differentiation can mean the following:
- The act of finding the derivative in mathematics
- Differentiated instruction in education
- Cellular differentiation in biology
- Planetary differentiation in planetary science
- Inductive reasoning aptitude in psychology
- Igneous differentiation in geology
- Product differentiation in economics
- Differentiation (linguistics)
- Differentiation (sociology)
- Differentiation (ethnography), the invention of ostensible differences between cultures
differentiate in Czech: Diferenciace
differentiate in German: Differenzierung
differentiate in Esperanto: Derivaĵo
differentiate in French: Différenciation
differentiate in Croatian: Diferencijacija
differentiate in Norwegian Nynorsk: Differensiering
differentiate in Slovak: Diferenciácia
differentiate in Ukrainian: Диференціювання
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