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# discrete

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1. apart or detached from others; separate; distinct: six discrete parts.
2. consisting of or characterized by distinct or individual parts; discontinuous.
3. Mathematics.
1. (of a topology or topological space) having the property that every subset is an open set.
2. defined only for an isolated set of points: a discrete variable.
3. using only arithmetic and algebra; not involving calculus: discrete methods.

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1350–1400; Middle English < Latin discrētus separated; see discreet
Can be confuseddiscreet discrete

## Synonyms

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1. different, individual, unconnected.
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## Examples from the Web for discrete

### Historical Examples

• #### The manor of the eastern counties is a discrete, a dissipated thing.

Domesday Book and Beyond

Frederic William Maitland

• #### What discrete succession of images did Stephen meanwhile perceive?

Ulysses

James Joyce

British Dictionary definitions for discrete

# discrete

1. separate or distinct in form or concept
2. consisting of distinct or separate parts
3. statistics
1. (of a variable) having consecutive values that are not infinitesimally close, so that its analysis requires summation rather than integration
2. (of a distribution) relating to a discrete variableCompare continuous (def. 4)

## Word Origin

C14: from Latin discrētus separated, set apart; see discreet

## confusable

Avoid confusion with discreet
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## Word Origin and History fordiscrete

late 14c., see discreet. Related: Discretely.