Discrete
Discrete Dis*crete", a. [L. discretus, p. p. of discernere. See {Discreet}.] 1. Separate; distinct; disjunct. --Sir M. Hale. [1913 Webster]

2. Disjunctive; containing a disjunctive or discretive clause; as, ``I resign my life, but not my honor,'' is a discrete proposition. [1913 Webster]

3. (Bot.) Separate; not coalescent; -- said of things usually coalescent. [1913 Webster]

{Discrete movement}. See {Concrete movement of the voice}, under {Concrete}, a.

{Discrete proportion}, proportion where the ratio of the means is different from that of either couplet; as, 3:6::8:16, 3 bearing the same proportion to 6 as 8 does to 16. But 3 is not to 6 as 6 to 8. It is thus opposed to continued or {continual proportion}; as, 3:6::12:24.

{Discrete quantity}, that which must be divided into units, as number, and is opposed to {continued quantity}, as duration, or extension. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Discrete — in science is the opposite of continuous: something that is separate; distinct; individual. This article is about the possible uses of the word discrete . For a definition of the word discreet , see the Wiktionary entry discreet. Discrete may… …   Wikipedia

  • Discrete — Dis*crete , v. t. To separate. [Obs.] Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • discrete — I adjective apart, asunder, cut off, detached, different, disassociated, disconnected, discontinu, discontinuous, discretive, disengaged, disjoined, disjoint, disjunct, dissociated, distinct, distinguished, disunited, divided, individual,… …   Law dictionary

  • Discrete — Discrete,   diskret …   Universal-Lexikon

  • discrete — late 14c., see DISCREET (Cf. discreet). Related: Discretely …   Etymology dictionary

  • discrete — separate, *distinct, several Analogous words: individual, distinctive, peculiar (see CHARACTERISTIC) Contrasted words: blended, merged, fused, mingled (see MIX) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • discrete — [adj] individual detached, different, disconnected, discontinuous, distinct, diverse, separate, several, unattached, various; concept 564 Ant. attached, combined, joined …   New thesaurus

  • discrete — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ individually separate and distinct. DERIVATIVES discretely adverb discreteness noun. ORIGIN Latin discretus separate : compare with DISCREET(Cf. ↑discreetly) …   English terms dictionary

  • discrete — [di skrēt′] adj. [ME discret: see DISCREET] 1. separate and distinct; not attached to others; unrelated 2. made up of distinct parts; discontinuous 3. designating or of an electronic circuit having separate transistors, resistors, etc. discretely …   English World dictionary

  • discrete — 01. The [discrete] sound difference between the vowels /ou/ and /u/ in French can be difficult for English speakers to hear. 02. The instruction manual for the software breaks down the installation process into a series of [discrete] steps. 03. A …   Grammatical examples in English

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”