American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Constituting a separate thing. See Synonyms at distinct.
- adj. Consisting of unconnected distinct parts.
- adj. Mathematics Defined for a finite or countable set of values; not continuous.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Separate; distinct from others; individual: opposed to concrete. In logic, discrete terms or suppositions are such as refer to single individuals. In music, discrete tones are such as are separated by fixed or obvious steps or intervals of pitch, as those of a pianoforte.
- Consisting of distinct or individual parts; not continuous. Discrete quantity is quantity composed of distinct units, like rational numbers; a system of quantities capable of being in one-to-one correspondence with the series of positive, integer numbers. Discrete proportion is a proportion in which the ratio of the first term to the second is equal to that of the third to the fourth, not to that of the second to the third.
- In Med., opposed to confluent: as, discrete exanthemata.
- In botany, not coalescent; distinct.
- Disjunctive; consisting of parts united by some extrinsic bond of connection. Thus, the notion of “women, sailors, and idiots” is a discrete notion.
- Discretive; containing exceptions, real or apparent.
- To separate; discontinue.
- adj. Separate; distinct; individual; Non-continuous.
- adj. That can be perceived individually and not as connected to, or part of something else.
- adj. electrical engineering Having separate electronic components, such as individual resistors and inductors — the opposite of integrated circuitry.
- adj. audio engineering Having separate and independent channels of audio, as opposed to multiplexed stereo or quadraphonic, or other multi-channel sound.
- adj. topology Having each singleton subset open: said of a topological space or a topology.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Separate; distinct; disjunct.
- adj. Disjunctive; containing a disjunctive or discretive clause.
- adj. (Bot.) Separate; not coalescent; -- said of things usually coalescent.
- v. obsolete To separate.
- adj. constituting a separate entity or part
- From Old French discret, from Latin discretus, from past participle of discernere. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin discrētus, past participle of discernere, to separate; see discern. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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