• WordNet 3.6
    • v differentiate become distinct and acquire a different character
    • v differentiate evolve so as to lead to a new species or develop in a way most suited to the environment
    • v differentiate become different during development "cells differentiate"
    • v differentiate calculate a derivative; take the derivative
    • v differentiate mark as different "We distinguish several kinds of maple"
    • v differentiate be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense "His modesty distinguishes him from his peers"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Differentiate (Biol) To acquire a distinct and separate character.
    • Differentiate To distinguish or mark by a specific difference; to effect a difference in, as regards classification; to develop differential characteristics in; to specialize; to desynonymize. "The word then was differentiated into the two forms then and than .""Two or more of the forms assumed by the same original word become differentiated in signification."
    • Differentiate To express the specific difference of; to describe the properties of (a thing) whereby it is differenced from another of the same class; to discriminate.
    • Differentiate (Math) To obtain the differential, or differential coefficient, of; as, to differentiate an algebraic expression, or an equation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • differentiate To make different; distinguish by differences; constitute a difference between: as, color of skin differentiates the races of men.
    • differentiate Specifically In biology, to accomplish or develop differentiation in; make unlike by modification; specialize in structure or function.
    • differentiate In logic, to discriminate between, by observing or describing the differences.
    • differentiate In mathematics, to obtain the differential or the differential coefficient of: as, to differentiate an equation.
    • differentiate To acquire a distinct and separate character.
    • n differentiate A differential coefficient.
    • differentiate In history and cytology, to reveal or resolve structures in (a cell, tissue, or organ) by treating with some stain or reagent.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Differentiate to make different: to create a difference between: to classify as different
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  • Anatole France
    “An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don't.”
  • Rebecca West
    “People call me feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. differredif (= dis), apart, ferre, to bear.


In literature:

It was easy to differentiate their attitudes toward this party.
"The Rustlers of Pecos County" by Zane Grey
The principle of the differential electromagnet may be illustrated in connection with Fig.
"Cyclopedia of Telephony & Telegraphy Vol. 1" by Kempster Miller
The enlisted man is a curious differentiation from the class to which he belongs.
"A Handbook of the Boer War" by Gale and Polden, Limited
Lemuel runs on a "differential" between New York, Chicago and St. Louis.
"How To Write Special Feature Articles" by Willard Grosvenor Bleyer
Has the criminal any bodily and mental characteristics which differentiate him from the ordinary man?
"Crime and Its Causes" by William Douglas Morrison
The more numerous his ethical differentiations, the more his language was differentiated.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. XXVI., December, 1880." by Various
Differential Bonus, description of, 300.
"The Psychology of Management" by L. M. Gilbreth
There is likewise an intensive differentiation of the alternate reactions.
"Harvard Psychological Studies, Volume 1" by Various
Some details identify a thing with its class, while other details differentiate it from its class.
"The Art of Public Speaking" by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
Man is the most concentrated and differentiated outgrowth of that life.
"The Book of the Bush" by George Dunderdale
In the fore legs, navicular disease is differentiated by noting absence of contraction at the heel.
"Lameness of the Horse" by John Victor Lacroix
One paper is differentiated from another principally by getting or missing this sort of stuff.
"The Clarion" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
It was sometimes most difficult to differentiate between Boer and Briton, especially in the night.
"In the Shadow of Death" by P. H. Kritzinger and R. D. McDonald
Is it climate (as Montesquieu had urged) or political institutions which differentiate the races of men?
"Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle" by H. N. Brailsford
Instant adaptation is what we're aiming at, and we hope to get it by minimizing the differential between individual and environment.
"The Ego Machine" by Henry Kuttner
But since we have to do with a distinction, the obligation to differentiate cannot be wholly ignored.
"Creative Intelligence" by John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
The surface of every liquid is covered by a very thin layer, a sort of membrane slightly differentiated from the rest of the liquid.
"The Mechanism of Life" by Stéphane Leduc
It is the differentiation to which all organisms grow.
"Miscellaneous Aphorisms; The Soul of Man" by Oscar Wilde
Nothing is identical or differentiated.
"The Zen Experience" by Thomas Hoover
This differentiation in the commandment of love, is of Christ's own making, and cannot be ignored by His followers.
"With God in the World" by Charles H. Brent

In poetry:

For, as their nurses dandle them
They crow binomial theorem,
With views (it seems absurd to us)
On differential calculus.
"My Dream" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Remember, truth draws upward. This to us
Of steady happiness should be a cause
Beyond the differential calculus
Or Kant’s dull dogmas and mechanic laws.
"Faith in God" by Henry Kendall

In news:

Google's Schmidt: Android's not fragmented, it's ' differentiated '.
Google's chairman Eric Schmidt said that Android's not fragmented, it's ' differentiated ' during CES panel in Las Vegas.
A 29-Year-Old Man Presents With Stage IV, Poorly Differentiated Malignant Melanoma.
DCS French Door Fridge Differentiated With Interior Hardware and Space Nov 16, 2011 Printable format Email this Article Search.
Differentiated Learning in Science.
School Board OKs differentiated pay.
Aimin Sang, Xiaodong Wang, Mohammad Madihian, " Differentiated TCP User Perception over Downlink Packet Data Cellular Systems," IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, vol 6, no.
Student Leaders Help Facilitate Differentiated Instruction.
To establish an effective differentiated spelling program try combining lists from various sources into one that's divided into sections, each with 5-10 words.
Well- differentiated liposarcoma of the groin.
Up-cycle may bring clear utilization differentiation for high-spec rigs.
The researchers then determined that fibroblasts differentiate in a gradual, step-wise fashion that is observable in the patterns of protein markers displayed on their cell surface.
Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt raised eyebrows when he appeared at the Consumer Electronics Show in January and argued that Android is not fragmented but "differentiated".
Google CEO Eric Schmidt defined Android fragmentation as differentiation, and poked fun at Microsoft here at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show.
In explaining risk to a group of reporters, former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld differentiated between types of known and unknown risks, noting that the most dangerous risks are those about which we are incapable of even knowing exist.

In science:

Since θAA and θBB are both differentiable (by (2.1.3) and (2.2.2)), the assumption of equality at ¯x, respectively, ¯y implies that θAB and θBA are differentiable at ¯x, respectively, ¯y and that the equality carries over to the derivatives.
Localization transition for a copolymer in an emulsion
An exterior differential system (EDS) is a pair (M , I) consisting of a smooth manifold M and a differential ideal I, i.e., a homogeneous, differentially closed ideal I ⊆ Ω∗ (M ) in the algebra of smooth differential forms on M . A Pfaffian differential system is an EDS which is differentially generated by 1-forms.
A class of overdetermined systems defined by tableaux: involutiveness and Cauchy problem
Let Ω∗ (M(∞) ) be the graded differential algebra C∞ (M(∞) , K) ⊗K (⊕∞ p=0Λp (M(∞) )) (the exterior differentiation is defined as in the finite-dimensional case) and let I∞ ⊂ Ω∗ (M(∞) ) be the Frobenius ideal generated by {β(h)}h∈N .
A class of overdetermined systems defined by tableaux: involutiveness and Cauchy problem
The characterisic complex 2 of the differential system (M , I, Ω) is the quotient Ω = Ω∗ (M(∞) )/I∞ endowed with the coboundary operator induced, passing to quotient, by the exterior differentiation of Ω∗ (M(∞) ).
A class of overdetermined systems defined by tableaux: involutiveness and Cauchy problem
We derive first order differential equations for u and v by differentiating the inner products.
Application of Random Matrix Theory to Multivariate Statistics
Definition 1. A differential graded algebra, or DGA for short, is an N graded vector space A• , endowed with a product and a differential d satisfying: 1.
Formality in generalized Kahler geometry
The cohomology of a DGA is defined in the standard way and naturally inherits a grading and a product, making it into a DGA on its own with d = 0. A morphism of differential graded algebras is a map preserving the structure above, i.e., degree, products and differentials.
Formality in generalized Kahler geometry
Given a DGA, A, for which H k (A) is finite dimensional for every k, one can construct another differential graded algebra that captures all the information about the differential and which is minimal in the following sense.
Formality in generalized Kahler geometry
The fact that f is infinitely differentiable follows easily from repeated use of Lebesgue’s theorem and the fact that both p(u) and dP (T x ∈ du)/du are infinitely differentiable smooth functions.
Limiting behavior of the distance of a random walk
Mallios A, Rosinger E E : Abstract differential geometry, differential algebras of generalized functions, and de Rham cohomology.
New Symmetry Groups for Generalized Solutions of ODEs
A variation of Hodge structure can be described, using the language of exterior differential systems, as an integral manifold of Griffiths’ differential system over the period domain.
Non-genericity of infinitesimal variations of Hodge structures arising in some geometric contexts
A RDS ϕ is continuous or differentiable if ϕ(t, ω ) : X → X is continuous or differentiable (see for more details on RDS).
A dynamical approximation for stochastic partial differential equations
Since ¯∂ anti-commutes with ∂, (Ω∂, ¯∂) is a differential complex with the differential ¯∂.
Generalized geometry, equivariant $\bar{\partial}\partial$-lemma, and torus actions
It is equipped with a vertical differential 1 ⊗ d, which is usually abbreviated to d, and the horizontal differential d ′ , which is defined by d ′α(ξ) = −ιξα(ξ).
Generalized geometry, equivariant $\bar{\partial}\partial$-lemma, and torus actions
Then the horizontal differential of the Cartan complex is defined by d ′α = −ιξM α(ξ), and the vertical differential is d.
Generalized geometry, equivariant $\bar{\partial}\partial$-lemma, and torus actions