# discrete

[ dih-skreet ]

/ dɪˈskrit /

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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.

- (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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## 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

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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

- (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)

## Derived forms of discrete

discretely, adverbdiscreteness, noun## Word Origin for discrete

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

## undefined discrete

Avoid confusion with discreet

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