- (of a topology or topological space) having the property that every subset is an open set.
- defined only for an isolated set of points: a discrete variable.
- using only arithmetic and algebra; not involving calculus: discrete methods.
Origin of discrete
Examples from the Web for discrete
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.
The Executive is elected in broad national elections in which discrete and insular minorities carry less weight.Senate Democrats Just Took Us a Step Closer to the Imperial Presidency|David Frum|December 1, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Looking at New York City as a discrete economic unit can be misleading.Can Bill de Blasio Fix New York’s Income Inequality?|David Freedlander|September 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Instead, like Israel, the rest of the world ought make measured judgments about discrete threats beyond its borders.
They distinguished always most carefully between continuous magnitudes and the discrete series of numbers.
Emminghaus describes a discrete and a more confluent variety.
This then is the element common to number (the discrete quantity), and to continuous dimension.Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 3|Plotinos (Plotinus)
Discrete subdivisions of energy are recognized which may be called charged particles without losing their significance.A Brief Account of Radio-activity|Francis Preston Venable
Where it is discrete two portions of it can be compared, as to magnitude, by counting; where continuous, by measurement.
British Dictionary definitions for discrete
- (of a variable) having consecutive values that are not infinitesimally close, so that its analysis requires summation rather than integration
- (of a distribution) relating to a discrete variableCompare continuous (def. 4)
Word Origin for discrete
Word Origin and History for discrete
late 14c., see discreet. Related: Discretely.