follow Dictionary.com

Is Tuesday named for a one-handed god?

discrete

[dih-skreet] /dɪˈskrit/
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.
  1. (of a topology or topological space) having the property that every subset is an open set.
  2. defined only for an isolated set of points:
    a discrete variable.
  3. using only arithmetic and algebra; not involving calculus:
    discrete methods.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin discrētus separated; see discreet
Related forms
discretely, adverb
discreteness, noun
Can be confused
discreet, discrete.
Synonyms
1. different, individual, unconnected.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for discretely
  • discretely looking is totally acceptable, so long as it is not leering or abusive.
  • Today, the guest rooms still feature period furniture and have been discretely modernized.
  • Entropy is not something that can be viewed discretely.
  • It neatly does away with concerns about iconography and can be discretely placed.
  • Said essay is scored upon a number of discretely quantifiable variables none of which include content.
  • Tell the supervisor discretely that you would be screened in a private location.
British Dictionary definitions for discretely

discrete

/dɪsˈkriːt/
adjective
1.
separate or distinct in form or concept
2.
consisting of distinct or separate parts
3.
(statistics)
  1. (of a variable) having consecutive values that are not infinitesimally close, so that its analysis requires summation rather than integration
  2. (of a distribution) relating to a discrete variable Compare continuous (sense 4)
Derived Forms
discretely, adverb
discreteness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin discrētus separated, set apart; see discreet
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for discretely

discrete

adj.

late 14c., see discreet. Related: Discretely.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
discretely in Medicine

discrete dis·crete (dĭ-skrēt')
adj.
Not joined to or incorporated with another; separate; distinct.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for discrete

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for discretely

16
0
Scrabble Words With Friends