See more synonyms for discrete on Thesaurus.com- 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.

## Origin of discrete

1350–1400; Middle English <

Latin discrētus separated; see

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British Dictionary definitions for discreteness- 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 Formsdiscretely, adverbdiscreteness, noun## Word Origin for discrete

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

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Word Origin and History for discretenessadj.late 14c., see discreet. Related: Discretely.

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

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