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discrete

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adjective
apart or detached from others; separate; distinct: six discrete parts.
consisting of or characterized by distinct or individual parts; discontinuous.
Mathematics.
  1. (of a topology or topological space) having the property that every subset is an open set.
  2. defined only for an isolated set of points: a discrete variable.
  3. using only arithmetic and algebra; not involving calculus: discrete methods.
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Origin of discrete

1350–1400; Middle English <Latin discrētus separated; see discreet

OTHER WORDS FROM discrete

dis·crete·ly, adverbdis·crete·ness, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH discrete

discreet, discrete
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British Dictionary definitions for discrete

discrete
/ (dɪsˈkriːt) /

adjective
separate or distinct in form or concept
consisting of distinct or separate parts
statistics
  1. (of a variable) having consecutive values that are not infinitesimally close, so that its analysis requires summation rather than integration
  2. (of a distribution) relating to a discrete variableCompare continuous (def. 4)

Derived forms of discrete

discretely, adverbdiscreteness, noun

Word Origin for discrete

C14: from Latin discrētus separated, set apart; see discreet

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Medical definitions for discrete

discrete
[ dĭ-skrēt ]

adj.
Not joined to or incorporated with another; separate; distinct.
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