from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To constitute the distinction between: subspecies that are differentiated by the markings on their wings.
- transitive v. To perceive or show the difference in or between; discriminate.
- transitive v. To make different by alteration or modification.
- transitive v. Mathematics To calculate the derivative or differential of (a function).
- intransitive v. To become distinct or specialized; acquire a different character.
- intransitive v. To make distinctions; discriminate.
- intransitive v. Biology To undergo differentiation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To show, or be the distinction between two things.
- v. To perceive the difference between things; to discriminate.
- v. To modify, or be modified.
- v. To calculate the derivative of a function.
- v. To calculate the differential of a function of multiple variables.
- v. To produce distinct organs or to achieve specific functions by a process of development called differentiation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To obtain the differential, or differential coefficient, of.
- intransitive v. To acquire a distinct and separate character.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make different; distinguish by differences; constitute a difference between: as, color of skin differentiates the races of men.
- Specifically In biology, to accomplish or develop differentiation in; make unlike by modification; specialize in structure or function.
- In logic, to discriminate between, by observing or describing the differences.
- In mathematics, to obtain the differential or the differential coefficient of: as, to differentiate an equation.
- To acquire a distinct and separate character.
- n. A differential coefficient.
- In history and cytology, to reveal or resolve structures in (a cell, tissue, or organ) by treating with some stain or reagent.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense
- v. evolve so as to lead to a new species or develop in a way most suited to the environment
- v. become different during development
- v. calculate a derivative; take the derivative
- v. become distinct and acquire a different character
- v. mark as different
If you've ever heard the phrase "differentiate or die," this is what it means.
In todays society as women have become more like men in dress and action and demeanor, the only thing that the younger generation has to differentiate is to wear LESS clothing, so to reveal a body that is female ....
While discussing your thrusts and parries with Justice Scalia, both of you committed a no-no when you misused the word differentiate.
Of course, in this case where there was a car accident with some injuries that might be difficult to differentiate from a possible assault, and without witnesses and without Tiger admitting that he was assaulted, the police may have difficulty in charging her.
I was raised an American Baptist, I say that to appease my mother who always wants to differentiate from the Southern Baptists.
There's too little difference between the 2007 and 1972 tones, for one thing -- Los Angeles circa 1972 is recreated very well, and looks right, but it's all done in very drab grey and brown tones that don't differentiate from the blue-grey tone of the 2007 setting.
Science fiction has been characterized by different authors as a "ghetto," which they differentiate from the rest of the world of fiction.
I say "obviously" to differentiate from the legion of Buffy, Stargate, and SW eps 1-3 fans.
They needed a name that would make sure new buyers knew this was a Mac, not just a generic Intel machine, and they needed to differentiate from the non-Intel PowerBooks.
The ability to differentiate is certainly a highly important step in the transition from the protists to the multicellular organisms, but it can probably be related in a natural way to the general property of protists that they can adapt themselves to their environment and change phenotypically without changing genotypically.