from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Separate; distinct; individual; Non-continuous.
- adj. That can be perceived individually and not as connected to, or part of something else.
- adj. Having separate electronic components, such as individual resistors and inductors — the opposite of integrated circuitry.
- adj. Having separate and independent channels of audio, as opposed to multiplexed stereo or quadraphonic, or other multi-channel sound.
- adj. Having each singleton subset open: said of a topological space or a topology.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Separate; distinct; disjunct.
- adj. Disjunctive; containing a disjunctive or discretive clause.
- adj. Separate; not coalescent; -- said of things usually coalescent.
- transitive v. To separate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Separate; distinct from others; individual: opposed to concrete.
- Consisting of distinct or individual parts; not continuous.
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. constituting a separate entity or part
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)
From Old French discret, from Latin discretus, from past participle of discernere. (Wiktionary)