distinct

[dih-stingkt]
adjective
1.
distinguished as not being the same; not identical; separate (sometimes followed by from ): His private and public lives are distinct.
2.
different in nature or quality; dissimilar (sometimes followed by from ): Gold is distinct from iron.
3.
clear to the senses or intellect; plain; unmistakable: The ship appeared as a distinct silhouette.
4.
distinguishing or perceiving clearly: distinct vision.
5.
unquestionably exceptional or notable: a distinct honor.
6.
Archaic. distinctively decorated or adorned.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin distinctus, past participle of disting(u)ere to divide off, pick out, distinguish (di- di-2 + *sting(u)ere presumably, to prick, mark by pricking; cf. instinct1, instigate)

distinctness, noun


1. individual. See various. 3. well-defined, unconfused.


3, 4. indistinct.
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distinct (dɪˈstɪŋkt)
 
adj
1.  easily sensed or understood; clear; precise
2.  (when postpositive, foll by from) not the same (as); separate (from); distinguished (from)
3.  not alike; different
4.  sharp; clear
5.  recognizable; definite: a distinct improvement
6.  explicit; unequivocal
7.  maths, logic (of a pair of entities) not identical
8.  botany (of parts of a plant) not joined together; separate
 
[C14: from Latin distinctus, from distinguere to distinguish]
 
dis'tinctly
 
adv
 
dis'tinctness
 
n

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distinct
late 14c., from L. distinctus, pp. of distinguere (see distinguish). Related: Distinctly.
"distinctly, in the sense really quite, is the badge of the superior person indulgently recognizing unexpected merit in something that we are to understand is not quite worthy of his notice." [Fowler]
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Example sentences for distinct
To avoid these mishaps trainers will use a distinct command releasing a dog to
  shake.
Specific crops are cultivated in distinct growing regions throughout the world.
There is no distinct beginning or end and the crowds do not particularly stop
  to watch.
In saying this, there are distinct differences between the two processes.
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