difference

Difference is a word for things that are not the same. Identical twins have few if any differences in appearance.

If you dye your hair green, everyone is going to notice a huge difference. People often have differences of opinion. No two people are alike, so there are all kinds of differences between individuals. In math, a difference is the remainder left after subtracting one number from another. Chimps and gorillas are both apes, but there are a lot of differences between them. If something doesn't really change an outcome, you can say, "It makes no difference."

Definitions of difference
  1. noun
    the quality of being unlike or dissimilar
    “there are many differences between jazz and rock”
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    sameness
    the quality of being alike
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    distinctness, otherness, separateness
    the quality of being not alike; being distinct or different from that otherwise experienced or known
    differential
    a quality that differentiates between similar things
    differentia
    distinguishing characteristics (especially in different species of a genus)
    distinction
    a distinguishing difference
    disagreement, discrepancy, divergence, variance
    a difference between conflicting facts or claims or opinions
    dissimilarity, unsimilarity
    the quality of being dissimilar
    change, variety
    a difference that is usually pleasant
    inequality
    lack of equality
    allowance, leeway, margin, tolerance
    a permissible difference; allowing some freedom to move within limits
    disparateness, distinctiveness
    utter dissimilarity
    heterology
    (biology) the lack of correspondence of apparently similar body parts
    dissimilitude, unlikeness
    dissimilarity evidenced by an absence of likeness
    nonuniformity
    the quality of being diverse and interesting
    nonequivalence
    not interchangeable
    disparity
    inequality or difference in some respect
    unevenness
    the quality of being unbalanced
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    quality
    an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone
  2. noun
    a significant change
    “the difference in her is amazing”
    “his support made a real difference
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    change
    a relational difference between states; especially between states before and after some event
  3. noun
    a variation that deviates from the standard or norm
    synonyms: departure, deviation, divergence
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    discrepancy, variance, variant
    an event that departs from expectations
    driftage
    the deviation (by a vessel or aircraft) from its intended course due to drifting
    flection, flexion, inflection
    deviation from a straight or normal course
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    fluctuation, variation
    an instance of change; the rate or magnitude of change
  4. noun
    a disagreement or argument about something important
    “there were irreconcilable differences
    synonyms: conflict, difference of opinion, dispute
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    collision
    a conflict of opposed ideas or attitudes or goals
    arguing, argument, contention, contestation, controversy, disceptation, disputation, tilt
    a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement
    gap
    a difference (especially an unfortunate difference) between two opinions or two views or two situations
    dustup, quarrel, row, run-in, words, wrangle
    an angry dispute
    argle-bargle, argy-bargy
    a verbal dispute; a wrangling argument
    firestorm
    an outburst of controversy
    sparring
    an argument in which the participants are trying to gain some advantage
    polemic
    a controversy (especially over a belief or dogma)
    generation gap
    a difference between the views of young people and their parents
    fight
    an intense verbal dispute
    affray, altercation, fracas
    noisy quarrel
    bicker, bickering, fuss, pettifoggery, spat, squabble, tiff
    a quarrel about petty points
    bust-up
    a serious quarrel (especially one that ends a friendship)
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    disagreement
    the speech act of disagreeing or arguing or disputing
  5. noun
    the number that remains after subtraction; the number that when added to the subtrahend gives the minuend
    synonyms: remainder
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    balance
    the difference between the totals of the credit and debit sides of an account
    balance of trade, trade balance, trade gap, visible balance
    the difference in value over a period of time of a country's imports and exports of merchandise
    carry-forward, carry-over
    the accumulated and undivided profits of a corporation after provision has been made for dividends and reserves
    compensating balance, offsetting balance
    a minimum credit balance that a bank may require a borrower to keep on deposit as a condition for granting a loan; a common requirement for establishing a line of credit at a bank
    invisible balance
    the difference in value over a period of time of a country's imports and exports of services and payments of property incomes
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    number
    a concept of quantity involving zero and units
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