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## dis·crete

(dĭ-skrēt′)
1. Constituting a separate thing: Computers treat time as a series of discrete moments rather than a continuous flow. See Synonyms at distinct.
2. Consisting of unconnected distinct parts: society viewed as a discrete whole of individual agents.
3. Mathematics Defined for a finite or countable set of values; not continuous.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin discrētus, past participle of discernere, to separate; see discern.]

dis·crete′ness n.

## discrete

(dɪsˈkriːt)
1. separate or distinct in form or concept
2. consisting of distinct or separate parts
3. (Statistics) statistics
a. (of a variable) having consecutive values that are not infinitesimally close, so that its analysis requires summation rather than integration
b. (of a distribution) relating to a discrete variable. Compare continuous4
[C14: from Latin discrētus separated, set apart; see discreet]
disˈcreteness n
Usage: Avoid confusion with discreet

## dis•crete

(dɪˈskrit)

1. separate; distinct.
2. consisting of or characterized by distinct parts; discontinuous.
3. Math. defined only for an isolated set of points: a discrete variable.
[1350–1400; < Latin discrētus separated; see discreet]
dis•crete′ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
 Adj. 1 discrete - constituting a separate entity or part; "a government with three discrete divisions"; "on two distinct occasions"distinctseparate - independent; not united or joint; "a problem consisting of two separate issues"; "they went their separate ways"; "formed a separate church"

## discrete

adjective the process seen as a sequence of discrete phases
Usage: This word is quite often used by mistake where discreet is intended: reading is a set of discrete skills; she was discreet (not discrete) about the affair.

## discrete

1. Distinguished from others by nature or qualities:
2. Being or related to a distinct entity:
Translations

## discrete

[dɪsˈkriːt] ADJ [stages, phases, events] →

## discrete

[dɪsˈkriːt] adj (= separate, distinct) [category, stage, phenomenon, event] → distinct(e), séparé(e)

## discrete

[dɪsˈkriːt] adj (separate, distinct) → separato/a, distinto/a; (Statistics) → discreto/a
References in classic literature ?
Instances of discrete quantities are number and speech; of continuous, lines, surfaces, solids, and, besides these, time and place.
Moreover, it is a discrete quantity for its parts have no common boundary.
The expandable system is capable of accommodating a maximum of 512 channels of I/O in the form of discrete inputs, discrete solid state outputs, discrete relay outputs, analog inputs, and analog outputs.
AMEX: DIO), a full-line semiconductor rectifier supplier, today announced a marketing agreement with ITT Semiconductor, Frelburg, Germany, to distribute ITT's complete line of discrete semiconductors in North America.
It operates through three product segments: Application Specific Product Group (ASG), Memory Products Group (MPG), and Micro, Linear and Discrete Group (MLD).
The new structure positions the company to take advantage of new business opportunities identified in both the process and discrete manufacturing markets.
KEC is the largest manufacturer of discrete electronic components in Korea.
While electronic products are increasingly utilizing single-chip components, a significant part of electronic circuitry still favors discrete semiconductors, such as diodes and MOSFETs.
We continued to put substantial effort into product development to support the ever expanding requirements of the MES industry and increased our market penetration in the discrete and food and beverage industries.
ARC announces a unique pro-gram for Discrete and Hybrid Manufacturers at ARC Advisory Group's Fourteenth Annual Forum, "Driving Enterprise Performance through Next Generation Manufacturing Concepts: Design, Operate, Maintain, and Synchronize" on June 26-28, 2006 at the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel in Boston.
Unlike SFA and FIA, in which reactions occur within tubing in a continuous flow, discrete analyzers employ individual wells, enabling multiple testing of one sample as well as automated sample preparation of new samples while analyses are being performed.

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