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# Difference vs. Distinguish

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Differencenoun

(uncountable) The quality of being different.

‘You need to learn to be more tolerant of difference.’;

Distinguishverb

To recognize someone or something as different from others based on its characteristics.

Differencenoun

(countable) A characteristic of something that makes it different from something else.

‘There are three differences between these two pictures.’;

Distinguishverb

To see someone or something clearly or distinctly.

Differencenoun

(countable) A disagreement or argument.

‘We have our little differences, but we are firm friends.’;

Distinguishverb

To make oneself noticeably different or better from others through accomplishments.

‘The soldier distinguished himself in combat and received a medal.’;

Differencenoun

Significant change in or effect on a situation or state.

‘It just won't make much difference to me.’; ‘It just won't make much of a difference to anyone.’;

Distinguishverb

To make to differ.

Differencenoun

(countable) The result of a subtraction; sometimes the absolute value of this result.

Distinguishverb

Not set apart from others by visible marks; to make distinctive or discernible by exhibiting differences; to mark off by some characteristic.

‘Not more distinguished by her purple vest,Than by the charming features of her face.’; ‘Milton has distinguished the sweetbrier and the eglantine.’;

Differencenoun

(obsolete) Choice; preference.

Distinguishverb

To separate by definition of terms or logical division of a subject with regard to difference; as, to distinguish sounds into high and low.

‘Moses distinguished the causes of the flood into those that belong to the heavens, and those that belong to the earth.’;

Differencenoun

(heraldry) An addition to a coat of arms to distinguish two people's bearings which would otherwise be the same. See augmentation and cadency.

Distinguishverb

To recognize or discern by marks, signs, or characteristic quality or qualities; to know and discriminate (anything) from other things with which it might be confounded; as, to distinguish the sound of a drum.

‘We are enabled to distinguish good from evil, as well as truth from falsehood.’; ‘Nor more can you distinguish of a man,Than of his outward show.’;

Differencenoun

(logic) The quality or attribute which is added to those of the genus to constitute a species; a differentia.

Distinguishverb

To constitute a difference; to make to differ.

‘Who distinguisheth thee?’;

Differencenoun

(logic circuits) A Boolean operation which is TRUE when the two input variables are different but is otherwise FALSE; the XOR operation ($\scriptstyle A \overline B + \overline A B$).

Distinguishverb

To separate from others by a mark of honor; to make eminent or known; to confer distinction upon; - with by or for.

Differencenoun

(relational algebra) the set of elements that are in one set but not another ($\scriptstyle A \overline B$).

Distinguishverb

To make distinctions; to perceive the difference; to exercise discrimination; - with between; as, a judge distinguishes between cases apparently similar, but differing in principle.

Differenceverb

(transitive) To distinguish or differentiate.

Distinguishverb

To become distinguished or distinctive; to make one's self or itself discernible.

‘The little embryo . . . first distinguishes into a little knot.’;

Differencenoun

The act of differing; the state or measure of being different or unlike; distinction; dissimilarity; unlikeness; variation; as, a difference of quality in paper; a difference in degrees of heat, or of light; what is the difference between the innocent and the guilty?

‘Differencies of administration, but the same Lord.’;

Distinguishverb

mark as different;

‘We distinguish several kinds of maple’;

Differencenoun

Disagreement in opinion; dissension; controversy; quarrel; hence, cause of dissension; matter in controversy.

‘What was the difference? It was a contention in public.’; ‘Away therefore went I with the constable, leaving the old warden and the young constable to compose their difference as they could.’;

Distinguishverb

detect with the senses;

‘The fleeing convicts were picked out of the darkness by the watchful prison guards’; ‘I can't make out the faces in this photograph’;

Differencenoun

That by which one thing differs from another; that which distinguishes or causes to differ; mark of distinction; characteristic quality; specific attribute.

‘The marks and differences of sovereignty.’;

Distinguishverb

be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense;

‘His modesty distinguishes him form his peers’;

Differencenoun

Choice; preference.

‘That now he chooseth with vile differenceTo be a beast, and lack intelligence.’;

Distinguishverb

make conspicuous or noteworthy

Differencenoun

An addition to a coat of arms to distinguish the bearings of two persons, which would otherwise be the same. See Augmentation, and Marks of cadency, under Cadency.

Distinguishverb

identify as in botany or biology, for example

Differencenoun

The quality or attribute which is added to those of the genus to constitute a species; a differentia.

Distinguishverb

recognize or treat (someone or something) as different

‘the child is perfectly capable of distinguishing reality from fantasy’;

Differencenoun

The quantity by which one quantity differs from another, or the remainder left after subtracting the one from the other.

Distinguishverb

recognize or point out a difference

‘we must distinguish between two kinds of holiday’;

Differenceverb

To cause to differ; to make different; to mark as different; to distinguish.

‘Thou mayest difference gods from men.’; ‘Kings, in receiving justice and undergoing trial, are not differenced from the meanest subject.’; ‘So completely differenced by their separate and individual characters that we at once acknowledge them as distinct persons.’;

Distinguishverb

be an identifying characteristic or mark of

‘what distinguishes sport from games?’;

Differencenoun

the quality of being unlike or dissimilar;

‘there are many differences between jazz and rock’;

Distinguishverb

manage to discern (something barely perceptible)

‘it was too dark to distinguish anything more than their vague shapes’;

Differencenoun

a variation that deviates from the standard or norm;

‘the deviation from the mean’;

Distinguishverb

make oneself worthy of respect by one's behaviour or achievements

‘many distinguished themselves in the fight against Hitler’;

Differencenoun

a disagreement or argument about something important;

‘he had a dispute with his wife’; ‘there were irreconcilable differences’; ‘the familiar conflict between Republicans and Democrats’;

Differencenoun

a significant change;

‘the difference in her is amazing’; ‘his support made a real difference’;

Differencenoun

the number that remains after subtraction; the number that when added to the subtrahend gives the minuend