- discovery method,
- discovery procedure,
- discrete variable
Origin of discreet
Examples from the Web for discreet
His timing was cautious, and the bar was a discreet 50-foot walk from the hotel.
Welcome to The Angel, one of the pay-by-the-hour lodgings offering a discreet haven for trysts and visits with dominatrixes.
Though Billings was discreet about his sexual orientation, it was well known throughout Washington.
The sex scene between April and Mr. B. is a montage of discreet close-ups.
The French press dubbed Hidalgo “the discreet one,” or chided her lack of charisma.
But Serge, prudent and discreet, even in the most affectionate moments, led Jeanne to take a more sensible view.Serge Panine, Complete|Georges Ohnet
The "Be Discreet" of the Beard was a gag, which he rolled round the servant's head in expert fashion.Messengers of Evil|Pierre Souvestre
The discreet man-servant outside blushed with shame that such a thing should happen under his roof.Armorel of Lyonesse|Walter Besant
In the man Francesco had long discovered the judicial mind, and the discreet intelligence of the trained statesman.The Hill of Venus|Nathan Gallizier
Hilversum is the Chislehurst of Holland—a discreet and wealthy suburb, where business men have their villas amid the trees.A Wanderer in Holland|E. V. Lucas
Word Origin for discreet
mid-14c., "morally discerning, prudent, circumspect," from Old French discret "discreet, sensible, intelligent, wise," from Latin discretus "separated, distinct," in Medieval Latin "discerning, careful," past participle of discernere "distinguish" (see discern). Meaning "separate, distinct" in English is late 14c.
Spellings discrete and nativized discreet co-existed until after c.1600, when discreet became the common word for "careful, prudent," and discrete was maintained in philosophy, medicine, music and other disciplines that remembered Latin and made effort to obey it. Related: Discreetly.