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discrete

Syllabification: dis·crete
Pronunciation: /dəˈskrēt
 
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Definition of discrete in English:

adjective

Individually separate and distinct: speech sounds are produced as a continuous sound signal rather than discrete units
More example sentences
  • All of these may usually be discrete and distinct domains but one key theme of this chapter is that there are also overlaps.
  • These conjoined applications raise one point in common and others discrete to the individual cases.
  • That is, does age affect general ability or does it have discrete effects on individual abilities?
Synonyms
separate, distinct, individual, detached, unattached, disconnected, discontinuous, disjunct, disjoined

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin discretus 'separate'; compare with discreet.

Usage

On the difference between discrete and discreet, see discreet (usage).

Derivatives

discretely

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • The regions are discretely labeled with individual introductory texts.
  • How much are we going to look at the student's writings discretely, as separate projects?
  • The constructional elements are presented discretely.

discreteness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • Opposed to continuity is discreteness: to be discrete is to be separated, like the scattered pebbles on a beach or the leaves on a tree.
  • The effect of photodiode-array discreteness was checked by using two different magnification factors; results were similar.
  • Information on the plasticity of the migratory routes of bowhead whales provides insight on their vulnerability to changes in available habitats, and determination of migration routes also elucidates stock discreteness.

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