- distinguished as not being the same; not identical; separate (sometimes followed by from): His private and public lives are distinct.
- different in nature or quality; dissimilar (sometimes followed by from): Gold is distinct from iron.
- clear to the senses or intellect; plain; unmistakable: The ship appeared as a distinct silhouette.
- distinguishing or perceiving clearly: distinct vision.
- unquestionably exceptional or notable: a distinct honor.
- Archaic. distinctively decorated or adorned.
Origin of distinct
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Examples from the Web for distinct
But it performs two distinct functions, both of which are undeniably valuable.Was ‘The Book of Mormon’ a Great American Novel?
January 4, 2015
These attacks had distinct similarities with the malware used against Sony.U.S. Spies Say They Tracked ‘Sony Hackers’ For Years
January 2, 2015
There is a distinct smell of apples, which are handed out by volunteer workers.Inside the Smuggling Networks Flooding Europe with Refugees
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 15, 2014
There is a distinct style Japanese artist Takashi Murakami is known for: his bubbly anime-like characters.Takashi Murakami’s Art From Disaster
November 28, 2014
As I described in an article over the summer when the fatal case in China was diagnosed, plague has three distinct clinical forms.Bubonic Plague Is Back (but It Never Really Left)
November 27, 2014
She heard him speaking in a voice not louder than a whisper, rapid, distinct.Way of the Lawless
I hear voices in all directions, and never have they been so distinct as at this moment.The Dream
And this latter recollection seemed as distinct to him as the first had been.
A distinct picture came to him of his classroom and old Doctor Stokes.
He had such a distinct perception of ruin and death that he shuddered again.The Secret Agent
- easily sensed or understood; clear; precise
- (when postpositive, foll by from) not the same (as); separate (from); distinguished (from)
- not alike; different
- sharp; clear
- recognizable; definitea distinct improvement
- explicit; unequivocal
- maths logic (of a pair of entities) not identical
- botany (of parts of a plant) not joined together; separate
Word Origin and History for distinct
late 14c., originally past participle of distincten (c.1300) "to distinguish," from Old French distincter, from Latin distinctus, past participle of distinguere (see distinguish). Related: Distinctness.