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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Difference.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An abbreviation of difference, different, or differs.

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  • noun slang Abbreviation of difference.
  • noun computing Any program which compares two files or sets of files and outputs a description of the differences between them.
  • noun computing The output of a diff program. A diff file.
  • noun medicine Abbreviation of differential: differential of types of white blood cell in a complete blood count.
  • noun slang Abbreviation of difficult.
  • noun rock climbing A difficult route.
  • verb transitive, computing To run a diff program on (files or items).
  • verb transitive, computing To produce a description of changes made to a collection of files. To produce a patch file.
  • verb transitive, computing To compare two files or other objects, manually or otherwise.
  • proper noun computing A program, historically part of the Unix operating system, which compares two files or sets of files and outputs a description of the differences between them.

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