- (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
OTHER WORDS FROM discretedis·crete·ly, adverbdis·crete·ness, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH discretediscreet, discrete
How to use discrete in a sentence
A small group focused on something discrete can suddenly appear to be very large.The country is being buffeted by groups that couldn’t exist 30 years ago|Philip Bump|January 27, 2021|Washington Post
The subject tests, lasting an hour apiece, used multiple-choice questions to cover discrete topics such as math, literature, history, biology, chemistry, physics and various foreign languages.College Board is scrapping SAT’s optional essay and subject tests|Nick Anderson|January 19, 2021|Washington Post
The Grassmannian itself contains infinitely many points, which can’t be counted in a discrete, finite way.A Mathematician’s Unanticipated Journey Through the Physical World|Kevin Hartnett|December 16, 2020|Quanta Magazine
The Intel Core processors help power mobile devices without the weight, offering discrete-level graphics, impressive AI acceleration, and long-lasting battery life.
It’s Friday, so to make our analysis as easy as possible I’ve broken it into discrete sections for your perusal.DoorDash amps its IPO range ahead of blockbuster IPO|Alex Wilhelm|December 4, 2020|TechCrunch
There are lenses discretely built in watches, ties, cigarettes, lighters, and other forms of disguise.Exposed: Paparazzi vs. the Stars Over the Past 50 Years|Sarah Moroz|February 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Kerry is positioned to put an American thumb on the scales discretely, with the president's support.
They hear the happy talk and they shake their heads or roll their eyes (discretely) and wonder what these people are smoking.
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 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)