[ dih-skreet ]
/ dɪˈskrit /
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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- discrete variable,
- discretion is the better part of valor,
Origin of discrete
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin discrētus separated; see discreet
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Examples from the Web for discretely
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
/ (dɪsˈkriːt) /
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 for discrete
C14: from Latin discrētus separated, set apart; see discreet
Avoid confusion with discreet
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[ dĭ-skrēt′ ]
Not joined to or incorporated with another; separate; distinct.
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