Middle English from Old French from Latin discrētuspast participle ofdiscernereto separatediscern
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Old French discret, from Latindiscretus, from past participle of discernere.
Discrete Sentence Examples
I strolled a discrete distance from her side as we entered the gardens.
When we pass from the consideration of discrete particles to that of continuous distributions of matter, we require some physical postulate over and above what is contained in the Laws of Motion, in their original formulation.
It would seem that "the general theory of discrete and continuous quantity" is the exact description of the topics of these sciences.
The doctrine that matter can be divided into, or regarded as composed of, discrete particles (termed " atoms " by early writers, and " molecules " by modern ones) has at all times played an important part in metaphysics and natural science.
It has been usual to define mathematics as "the science of discrete and continuous magnitude."