— discretely , adv. — discreteness , n.
/di skreet"/ , adj.
1. apart or detached from others; separate; distinct: six discrete parts.
2. consisting of or characterized by distinct or individual parts; discontinuous.
a. (of a topology or topological space) having the property that every subset is an open set.
b. defined only for an isolated set of points: a discrete variable.
c. using only arithmetic and algebra; not involving calculus: discrete methods.
[ 1350-1400; ME discretus separated; see DISCREET ]
Syn. 1. different, individual, unconnected.