Axle vs Differential - What's the difference?

axle | differential |

As nouns the difference between axle and differential

is that axle is (obsolete) shoulder or axle can be the pin or spindle on which a wheel revolves, or which revolves with a wheel while differential is the differential gear in an automobile etc.

As an adjective differential is

of, or relating to a difference.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



Etymology 1

From (etyl) axle, eaxle, from (etyl) , (etyl) .


(en noun)
  • (obsolete) Shoulder.
  • Etymology 2

    A combination of (etyl) eax and (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • The pin or spindle on which a wheel revolves, or which revolves with a wheel.
  • A transverse bar or shaft connecting the opposite wheels of a car or carriage; an axletree.
  • An axis; as, the Sun’s axle.
  • See also

    * (wikipedia "axle") *






    (en adjective)
  • of, or relating to a difference
  • differential characteristics
  • * Motley
  • For whom he produced differential favours.
  • dependent on, or making a difference; distinctive
  • having differences in speed or direction of motion
  • (mathematics) of, or relating to differentiation, or the differential calculus
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • the differential gear in an automobile etc
  • a qualitative or quantitative difference between similar or comparable things
  • (mathematics) an infinitesimal change in a variable, or the result of differentiation
  • One of two coils of conducting wire so related to one another or to a magnet or armature common to both, that one coil produces polar action contrary to that of the other.
  • A form of conductor used for dividing and distributing the current to a series of electric lamps so as to maintain equal action in all.
  • (Knight)

    Derived terms

    * differential amplifier * differential analyzer * differential coefficient * differential gear * differential equation * partial differential equation