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# discrete

[dih-skreet] /dɪˈskrit/
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.
Origin of discrete
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin discrētus separated; see discreet
Related forms
discreteness, noun
Can be confused
discreet, discrete.
Synonyms
1. different, individual, unconnected.
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Examples from the Web for discrete
Contemporary Examples
• At this point, the output becomes the digital, discrete signal.

• It was carried out over a period of a little more than two years in four discrete, limited-time operations.

April 28, 2014
• The Executive is elected in broad national elections in which discrete and insular minorities carry less weight.

• Looking at New York City as a discrete economic unit can be misleading.

September 18, 2013
• Instead, like Israel, the rest of the world ought make measured judgments about discrete threats beyond its borders.

February 1, 2013
Historical Examples
• Moreover, it is a discrete quantity for its parts have no common boundary.

Aristotle
• It replaces the world of the continuum by a world of discrete states.

• As to number (which is discrete quantity), it is something posterior.

Plotinos (Plotinus)
• The manor of the eastern counties is a discrete, a dissipated thing.

Frederic William Maitland
• What discrete succession of images did Stephen meanwhile perceive?

James Joyce
British Dictionary definitions for discrete

## discrete

/dɪsˈkriːt/
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 variable Compare continuous (sense 4)
Derived Forms
discreteness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin discrētus separated, set apart; see discreet
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Word Origin and History for discrete

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

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discrete in Medicine

discrete dis·crete (dĭ-skrēt')
Not joined to or incorporated with another; separate; distinct.

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### Word Value for discrete

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