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discrete

[dih-skreet] /dɪˈskrit/
adjective
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
discretely, adverb
discreteness, noun
Can be confused
discreet, discrete.
Synonyms
1. different, individual, unconnected.
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Examples from the Web for discretely
Contemporary Examples
  • They hear the happy talk and they shake their heads or roll their eyes (discretely) and wonder what these people are smoking.

Historical Examples
  • If science is discretely silent about these things, what can the more venturesome and less responsible imagination suggest?

    Curiosities of the Sky Garrett Serviss
British Dictionary definitions for discretely

discrete

/dɪsˈkriːt/
adjective
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
discretely, adverb
discreteness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin discrētus separated, set apart; see discreet
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Word Origin and History for discretely

discrete

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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discretely in Medicine

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

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