Discrete definition

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Constituting a separate thing.

Computers treat time as a series of discrete moments rather than a continuous flow.

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Separate and distinct; not attached to others; unrelated.
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(mathematics) Defined for a finite or countable set of values; not continuous.
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Consisting of unconnected distinct parts.

Society viewed as a discrete whole of individual agents.

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The definition of discrete is something that is separate or distinct.

An example of discrete is three people standing in line to purchase tickets.

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Made up of distinct parts; discontinuous.
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Designating or of an electronic circuit having separate transistors, resistors, etc.
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That can be perceived individually and not as connected to, or part of something else.
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(electrical engineering) Having separate electronic components, such as individual resistors and inductors — the opposite of integrated circuitry.
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(audio engineering) Having separate and independent channels of audio, as opposed to multiplexed stereo or quadraphonic, or other multi-channel sound.
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Disjunctive; containing a disjunctive or discretive clause.

"I resign my life, but not my honour" is a discrete proposition.

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A component or device that is separate and treated as a singular unit. For example, a discrete transistor typically has three leads and functions as a single switch or amplifier. See discrete component and discrete logic.
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(topology) Having each singleton subset open: said of a topological space or a topology.
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Origin of discrete

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin discrētus past participle of discernere to separate discern

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French discret, from Latin discretus, from past participle of discernere.

    From Wiktionary