Definition of DISCRETE

constituting a separate entity : individually distinct; consisting of distinct or unconnected elements : noncontinuous… See the full definition

discrete


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di-ˈskrēt



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ˈdis-ˌ

Definition of

discrete


1



:

constituting a separate entity

:

individually

distinct


several

discrete

sections


2


a



:

consisting of distinct or unconnected elements

:



noncontinuous



b



:

taking on or having a

finite

or countably

infinite

number of values



discrete

probabilities


a

discrete

random variable

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Other Words from

discrete


discretely


adverb


discreteness


noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for

discrete

Synonyms


detached

,


disconnected

,


free

,


freestanding

,


separate

,


single

,


unattached

,


unconnected

Antonyms


attached

,


connected

,


joined

,


linked


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Choose the Right Synonym for

discrete


distinct

,

separate

,

discrete

mean not being each and every one the same.

distinct

indicates that something is distinguished by the mind or eye as being apart or different from others.

two

distinct

versions


separate

often stresses lack of connection or a difference in identity between two things.



separate

rooms


discrete

strongly emphasizes individuality and lack of connection.

broke the job down into

discrete

stages

Examples of

discrete

in a Sentence


The idea is to disconnect the memory from the reactions to the memory, so that although the memory of the traumatic event remains, the everyday things that can trigger fear and panic, such as trash blowing across the interstate or a car backfiring … are restored to insignificance. The trauma thus becomes a

discrete

event, not a constant, self-replicating, encompassing condition.



— Sue Halpern

,


New Yorker

,

19 May 2008


Eliminating stress entirely is not an option. If there are

discrete

sources of stress in your life—a relationship, a job, a health problem—you can and should take action to try to mitigate them. But my experience is that we all are subject to a kind of conservation law of stress. If stress recedes in one area, it seems to increase in another.





Time


,

17 Oct. 2005


The newer, digital phones broadcast their communications in

discrete

bursts of energy, whereas analog devices employ continuous signals.



— Janet Raloff

,


Science News

,

12 Feb. 2000


several

discrete

sections to this vast medical complex, including a college of pharmacology and a research center


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Recent Examples on the Web


The brainchild of a pair of editorial refugees from glossy-land and a Rolling Stone photographer, Rags was the first publication to identify street style as a

discrete

fashion sector and call out the establishment for trying to manufacture trends.





New York Times

, “The Magazine That Invented Street Style,” 21 Apr. 2021


His company sells self-pleasure devices, some of which are designed to be small and

discrete

enough to wear around the neck like jewelry and require precise electronics design.




Chase Difeliciantonio,

San Francisco Chronicle

, “Global chip shortage could hamper Bay Area companies’ production of items like guitar pedals and sex toys,” 16 Apr. 2021


Rather than gathering light in just a few

discrete

wavelength channels, like the human eye, these spectrometers capture reflected sunlight and subdivide it into more than 400 wavelength channels across the visible and into the infrared.




Paul Voosen,

Science | AAAS

, “California to hunt greenhouse gas leaks and super-emitters with monitoring satellites,” 15 Apr. 2021


No person of any race may be treated differently because of race, save for situations where such treatment is necessary to remediate

discrete

instances of discrimination.




Rick Esenberg,

National Review

, “Why ‘Equity’ Is a Bad Fit for Our Legal System,” 11 Apr. 2021


The homicide trial of the officer accused of killing Floyd, Derek Chauvin, which began in Minneapolis on March 29th, is focussed on a more

discrete

question.




Jeannie Suk Gersen,

The New Yorker

, “The Simple Facts of Derek Chauvin’s Trial,” 10 Apr. 2021


The first generation cloud was built by putting

discrete

pieces of infrastructure together and wrapping them up with resource scheduling and automation APIs.




Vipin Jain,

Forbes

, “The Evolution Of Cloud Infrastructure,” 17 Mar. 2021


Schumer last week touted a new parliamentarian ruling that could allow Democrats to break the spending bill up into

discrete

chunks and still pass them all under the fast-track procedures.




Author: Mike Debonis, Seung Min Kim,

Anchorage Daily News

, “Biden’s agenda faces crucial test as moderate Democrats draw lines and GOP rallies opposition,” 10 Apr. 2021


What is impressive to me is that Bay State College is accomplishing all of this without the need for a

discrete

LBS application such as Cisco DNA Spaces.




Will Townsend,

Forbes

, “Cisco Meraki Helps Bay State College With A Safe Return To Campus,” 7 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of

discrete

14th century, in the meaning defined at

sense 1

History and Etymology for

discrete

Middle English

discrete, discret, discreet

— more at

discreet


Note:

The adjective

discrete

is etymologically identical with

discreet

, of which it was originally a simple spelling variant. The consistent discrimination of the two senses by spelling, with

discrete

corresponding more closely to classical Latin in both form and meaning, dates from the 18th century.

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discrete


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discrete



adjective

English Language Learners Definition of

discrete


formal



:

separate and different from each other


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discrete

in the English Language Learners Dictionary

discrete


adjective


dis·​crete


|



di-ˈskrēt


Kids Definition of

discrete


:



distinct



The report is divided into

discrete

sections.

discrete


adjective


dis·​crete


|



dis-ˈkrēt, ˈdis-ˌ


Medical Definition of

discrete



:

characterized by distinct unconnected lesions



discrete

smallpox


— compare


confluent


sense 2


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