Meaning of DISCRETE in English

dəˈskrēt, (ˈ)diˌs-, usu -ēd.+V adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from Latin discretus — more at discreet


a. : possessed of definite identity or individuality : constituting a separate entity : detached , separate

the conclusion that gases are made of discrete units (molecules) — Lancelot Hogben

: having no organic or reciprocal relationship with others of its kind

human traits and abilities are not discrete , like sticks in a bundle, but interact with each other in highly complex ways — Educational Research Bulletin

: concerned with distinct or disconnected parts

b. : characterized by discrete lesions

discrete smallpox

— compare confluent 2b

2. : consisting of distinct, unconnected, or unrelated parts : noncontinuous

regarded society as a discrete mass of individuals guided by blind egotism

3. logic

a. : containing a clause that expresses exception or opposition by means of particles like but, though, yet

“I resign my life but not my honor” is a discrete statement

b. : individually distinct but not generically different

c. : having no content in common : not overlapping — used specifically of individuals

4. mathematics : capable of assuming, containing, or involving only a finite or countably infinite number of values, items, or objects : countable

Synonyms: see distinct

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