# discretely

## discrete

[dih-skreet]
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

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')
Not joined to or incorporated with another; separate; distinct.

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Example sentences
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.
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