- (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
OTHER WORDS FROM discretedis·crete·ly, adverbdis·crete·ness, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH discretediscreet, discrete
Example sentences from the Web for discrete
They worked on a range of topics within discrete mathematics like graph theory, probability and the properties of random matrices.Undergraduate Math Student Pushes Frontier of Graph Theory|Kevin Hartnett|November 30, 2020|Quanta Magazine
I don’t know that Alice Is Missing is infinitely replayable, but I’ve played three times now, and each time the handful of discrete elements have combined in new ways to create very different games.One Good Thing: An amazing game played entirely via text message|Emily VanDerWerff|November 30, 2020|Vox
It has “stuff” at all scales, whether in discrete objects and phenomena or in structures spanning multiple scales.The App That Offers Cosmic Awe - Facts So Romantic|Caleb Scharf|October 21, 2020|Nautilus
Girardeau sees a possible connection to post-traumatic stress disorder, which is typically linked to discrete events.
She found that by activating a neuron and then identifying the other parts of the brain that responded to the signal the neuron gave out, she could trace the discrete circuits of cells that work together to perform specific functions.Why do you feel lonely? Neuroscience is starting to find answers.|Amy Nordrum|September 4, 2020|MIT Technology Review
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)