# Chance vs Difference - What's the difference?

chance | difference |

## As a proper noun chance

is , an american pet form of chauncey, in modern usage also associated with the word chance.

difference.

# chance

## English

### Alternative forms

* chaunce (obsolete)

### Noun

(en noun)
• (countable) An opportunity or possibility.
• *
• , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=2 , passage=Here was my chance . I took the old man aside, and two or three glasses of Old Crow launched him into reminiscence.}}
• (uncountable) Random occurrence; luck.
• (countable) The probability of something happening.
• #### Derived terms

(Terms derived from the noun "chance") * Buckley's chance * by chance * chance'd be a fine thing * chance fracture * chance-medley * chancer * chances are * chancy * Chinaman's chance * dog's chance * even chance * fair chance * fat chance * fighting chance * first-chance exception * game of chance * half a chance * happy chance * in with a chance * jump at the chance * last chance * last chance saloon * main chance * mum chance * not a chance * off chance/off-chance * outside chance * perchance * slim chance * smart chance * snowball's chance * snowball's chance in hell * sporting chance * stand a chance

### Verb

(chanc)
• (archaic) To happen by chance, to occur.
• It chanced that I found a solution the very next day.
• * Bible, Deuteronomy xxii. 6
• if a bird's nest chance to be before thee
• * Shakespeare
• I chanced on this letter.
• * 1843 , (Thomas Carlyle), '', book 2, ch. XV, ''Practical — Devotional
• Once it chanced that Geoffrey Riddell (Bishop of Ely), a Prelate rather troublesome to (w), made a request of him for timber from his woods towards certain edifices going on at (Glemsford).
• * 1847 , , (Jane Eyre), Chapter XVIII
• Mr. Mason, shivering as some one chanced to open the door, asked for more coal to be put on the fire, which had burnt out its flame, though its mass of cinder still shone hot and red. The footman who brought the coal, in going out, stopped near Mr. Eshton's chair, and said something to him in a low voice, of which I heard only the words, "old woman,"—"quite troublesome."
• (archaic) To befall; to happen to.
• * 1826 , William Lambarde, A Perambulation of Kent
• To try or risk.
• Shall we carry the umbrella, or chance a rainstorm?
• * W. D. Howells
• Come what will, I will chance it.
• To discover something by chance.
• He chanced upon a kindly stranger who showed him the way.

#### Derived terms

* (l) * * (l)

• (rare) Happening]] by [[#Noun, chance, casual.
• * 1859 , (Charles Dickens), (A Tale of Two Cities)'', ch. VI, ''The Shoe Maker (Heron Book Centenial Edition)
• No crowd was about the door; no people were discernible at any of the many windows; not even a chance passer-by was in the street. An unnatural silence and desertion reigned there.

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# difference

## English

### Noun

• (uncountable) The quality of being different.
• (countable) A characteristic of something that makes it different from something else.
• * {{quote-magazine, title=Towards the end of poverty
• , date=2013-06-01, volume=407, issue=8838, page=11, magazine=(The Economist) citation , passage=But poverty’s scourge is fiercest below \$1.25 (the average of the 15 poorest countries’ own poverty lines, measured in 2005 dollars and adjusted for differences in purchasing power): people below that level live lives that are poor, nasty, brutish and short.}}
• (countable) A disagreement or argument.
• We have our little differences , but we are firm friends.
• * Shakespeare
• What was the difference ? It was a contention in public.
• * T. Ellwood
• Away therefore went I with the constable, leaving the old warden and the young constable to compose their difference as they could.
• (countable, uncountable) Significant change in or effect on a situation or state.
• * 1908 , (Kenneth Grahame), (The Wind in the Willows)
• The line of the horizon was clear and hard against the sky, and in one particular quarter it showed black against a silvery climbing phosphorescence that grew and grew. At last, over the rim of the waiting earth the moon lifted with slow majesty till it swung clear of the horizon and rode off, free of moorings; and once more they began to see surfaces—meadows wide-spread, and quiet gardens, and the river itself from bank to bank, all softly disclosed, all washed clean of mystery and terror, all radiant again as by day, but with a difference that was tremendous.
• (countable) The result of a subtraction; sometimes the absolute value of this result.
• (obsolete) Choice; preference.
• * Spenser
• That now be chooseth with vile difference / To be a beast, and lack intelligence.
• (heraldry) An addition to a coat of arms to distinguish two people's bearings which would otherwise be the same. See augmentation and cadency.
• (logic) The quality or attribute which is added to those of the genus to constitute a species; a differentia.
• (logic circuits) A Boolean operation which is TRUE when the two input variables are different but is otherwise FALSE; the XOR operation ($\scriptstyle A \overline B + \overline A B$).
• (relational algebra) the set of elements that are in one set but not another ($\scriptstyle A \overline B$).
• #### Synonyms

* (characteristic of something that makes it different from something else) departure, deviation, divergence * (disagreement or argument about something important) conflict, difference of opinion, dispute, dissension * (result of a subtraction) remainder * (significant change in state) nevermind

#### Antonyms

* (quality of being different) identity, sameness

#### Derived terms

* distinction without a difference * creative differences * difference engine * difference equation * difference gate * difference of two squares * goal difference * same difference * split the difference * spot the difference * tell the difference