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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′ly adv.
dis·crete′ness n.
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Noun1.discreteness - the state of being several and distinct
separation - the state of lacking unity


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Electronic balance (analog NVL 20000 RU) requirements: electronic scales; NPV-20 kg; NmPV-20gr; discreteness 1 gr - 1 pc.
In this regard, it is common to use measurements such as body length, body depth, head length, eye diameter, jaw length of fishes to not only assess fish habitat peculiarities and ecological criteria in water bodies, but also to measure discreteness and relationships among various taxonomic categories [8].
At the present, scarce information is available about the stock discreteness and foraging habits of killer whales in Brazilian waters.
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It also reflects the objective of the research programme that produced this book, which is integration through law, as opposed to the current practice of using discreteness, informality, consensus building and non-confrontational bargaining for cooperation and integration in ASEAN.
The very concept of focus presupposes a dialectic between discreteness and contextual embeddedness: To focus is to draw attention to this by ignoring that.
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Beside the first drop, the resistivity gradually increases with the stress increase lower than 300 [degrees]C while the change of resistivity expressed a big discreteness above 300 [degrees]C.
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project discreteness, however, because discreteness is a difficult
In another paper, Hasbrouck (1999) proposed a dynamic bid-ask quotes model incorporating the microstructure effects arising from the manner in which security is traded, such as the stochastic cost of market-making, discreteness, and clustering, using Gibbs sampler as a convenient estimation vehicle.