difference-n; 5 Senses

Sense Number 1: the quality of dissimilarity

Commentary: DIFFERENCE[+quality][-similarity]

We discussed similarities and differences between French and California wines.
The jeweler could easily tell the difference between the diamond and the zirconian earrings.
There is almost no difference between these two shades of blue.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: a degree of variation or variability

Commentary: DIFFERENCE[+quantity][+degree][+variability]
NOTE: implies the existence of a norm around which the values can vary.

The differences in the results across ten experiments were quite small.
They can't eliminate all differences in color across different dye lots.


Sense Number 3: a dispute, conflict or disagreement

Commentary: DIFFERENCE[+state][+dispute]

The couple put aside their differences and decided not to divorce.
These nations' differences may be too deep to hope for a lasting peace.
She's a good manager who quickly resolves differences that arise in the workplace.
John and Mary have a major difference of opinion about many political issues. (idiomatic usage)

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 4: a state of detectable change

Commentary: DIFFERENCE[+state][+change][+detectable]
NOTE: implies change in a given direction, often stable (not fluctuation around a norm, see sense 2)

What a difference a good night's sleep makes!
This after-school program has made a difference in the lives of many children.
It makes no difference to John what time we go to dinner this evening.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 5: arithmetic or numerical remainder

Commentary: DIFFERENCE[+quantity][+remainder][+arithmetic]

The difference between 10 and 6 is 4.
The gross margin is the difference between the selling price and the total cost of producing the goods.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 5