1. constituting a separate entity or part;
- Example: "a government with three discrete divisions"
- Example: "on two distinct occasions"
[syn: discrete, distinct]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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 v.0.48:
Discrete \Dis*crete"\, v. t. To separate. [Obs.] --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
discrete adj 1: constituting a separate entity or part; "a government with three discrete divisions"; "on two distinct occasions" [syn: discrete, distinct]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
149 Moby Thesaurus words for "discrete": alien, aloof, apart, assorted, asunder, at odds, at variance, bipartite, broadcast, broken, broken off, chopped-off, choppy, contrary, contrasted, contrasting, decousu, departing, detached, deviating, deviative, dichotomous, different, differentiated, differing, diffuse, disaccordant, disagreeing, disconnected, discontinued, discontinuous, discordant, discrepant, discriminated, disjoined, disjunct, disjunctive, disparate, dispersed, dispread, disrelated, disseminated, dissimilar, dissipated, dissociated, dissonant, distinct, distinguished, distributed, divergent, diverging, divers, diverse, diversified, episodic, exotic, extraneous, fitful, foreign, gapped, herky-jerky, heterogeneous, in disagreement, in two, inaccordant, incoherent, incommensurable, incomparable, incompatible, incongruous, inconsistent, inconsonant, independent, individual, inharmonious, insular, intermittent, interrupted, irreconcilable, irregular, irrelative, isolated, jagged, jerky, many, motley, multifarious, nonadherent, nonadhesive, noncoherent, noncohesive, noncontinuous, nonlinear, nonsequential, nonserial, nonuniform, open, other, outlandish, parenthetic, partitioned, patchy, poles apart, poles asunder, removed, scattered, scrappy, segregate, separate, separated, several, snatchy, sparse, spasmodic, sporadic, spotty, spread, straggling, straggly, strange, strewn, strown, suspended, tenuous, unadhesive, unaffiliated, unallied, unassociated, unattached, unattended, uncoherent, uncohesive, unconformable, unconnected, unequal, unjoined, unlike, unrelatable, unrelated, unsuccessive, untenacious, variant, varied, variegated, various, varying, widely apart, widespread, worlds apartThe Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (26 July 2010):
A description of a quantity whose value is one of a fixed set of values, as opposed to a continuous - a value capable of infinitessimal variation. For example, integers are discrete values whereas real numbers are continuous; digital sound has discrete amplitude leves whereas analog sound is continuous. (2009-10-08)