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
Ecosystem is a conglomerate of biological and physical processes interacting to produce what we identify as a discrete unit of nature--e.g., the Everglades, a rainforest, a watershed.
Again, moderator, go to merriam-webster. com, do a search, and realize that "discrete" is the word you wanted above, not "discreet."
The story unfolds in discrete scenes, many of which last only as long as one action (looking over a parapet, turning a page), very much like comic panels.
They operate in discrete cells, but their overarching goals and higher command structure remain a mystery.
But this is discrete from the experience of the decisions themselves.
These electrons reside in discrete energy levels, or electron orbits, around the nucleus.
Some political parties have made it a central focus, over the past fifty years, to convince certain discrete groups that they MUST be unhappy, that they are poor and poverty-locked even though they suffer no hunger or exposure or physical insecurity.
"When AT&T provides broadband service by speed, it will do so in discrete, non-overlapping tiers," Quinn said in written testimony.
His opinion said that courts could consider such claims "in discrete and well-defined instances" where "a condition has or is likely to occur in which the procedure prohibited by the Act must be used."
He has been referred to as a major architect of the modern classification of mental disorders which involves classifying mental disorders in discrete categories, with specified diagnostic criteria.