In mathematics, the term “difference” typically refers to the result of subtracting one number from another. It is the answer to a subtraction problem. The process of finding the difference between two numbers involves determining how much one number needs to be increased or decreased to reach the other number.

For example, in the subtraction problem 8 – 3 = 5, the difference is 5. This is because 5 is the amount that must be added to 3 to equal 8, or the amount that must be subtracted from 8 to equal 3.

In a broader sense, “difference” can also refer to a measure of how distinct or unlike two things are, but in the context of basic arithmetic or algebra, it usually refers to the result of a subtraction operation.