- apart or detached from others; separate; distinct: six discrete parts.
- consisting of or characterized by distinct or individual parts; discontinuous.
- (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.
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At this point, the output becomes the digital, discrete signal.The Computer That Replicates a Human Brain
May 1, 2014
It was carried out over a period of a little more than two years in four discrete, limited-time operations.Why Is Malaysia Hiding Its Report on MH370?
April 28, 2014
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
December 1, 2013
Looking at New York City as a discrete economic unit can be misleading.Can Bill de Blasio Fix New York’s Income Inequality?
September 18, 2013
Instead, like Israel, the rest of the world ought make measured judgments about discrete threats beyond its borders.Why We Won't Secure Syria's Chemical Weapons
February 1, 2013
Moreover, it is a discrete quantity for its parts have no common boundary.The Categories
It replaces the world of the continuum by a world of discrete states.The Civilization of Illiteracy
As to number (which is discrete quantity), it is something posterior.Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 3
The manor of the eastern counties is a discrete, a dissipated thing.Domesday Book and Beyond
Frederic William Maitland
What discrete succession of images did Stephen meanwhile perceive?Ulysses
- separate or distinct in form or concept
- consisting of distinct or separate parts
- (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 and History for discrete
late 14c., see discreet. Related: Discretely.
- Not joined to or incorporated with another; separate; distinct.