# discrete

## discrete

[dih-skreet]
adjective
1.
apart or detached from others; separate; distinct: six discrete parts.
2.
consisting of or characterized by distinct or individual parts; discontinuous.
3.
Mathematics.
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.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin discrētus separated; see discreet

discretely, adverb
discreteness, noun

discreet, discrete.

1. different, individual, unconnected.
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 discrete (dɪsˈkriːt) —adj 1. separate or distinct in form or concept 2. consisting of distinct or separate parts 3. statistics a.  (of a variable) having consecutive values that are not infinitesimally close, so that its analysis requires summation rather than integration b.  Compare continuous (of a distribution) relating to a discrete variable [C14: from Latin discrētus separated, set apart; see discreet] dis'cretely —adv dis'creteness —n

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discrete
late 14c., see discreet. Related: Discretely.
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discrete dis·crete (dĭ-skrēt')
adj.
Not joined to or incorporated with another; separate; distinct.

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### discrete definition

mathematics
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.
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Example sentences
Each drop one to itself, a discrete self.
That makes it easier and more discrete for shoppers and speeds the checkout and
reimbursement processes for retailers.
Whale communities were sometimes thought of as discrete communities, seldom
mixing.
Photons are discrete quanta of energy.
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