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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.]
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]
Usage: Avoid confusion with discreet
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]
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|Adj.||1.||discrete - constituting a separate entity or part; "a government with three discrete divisions"; "on two distinct occasions"|
separate - independent; not united or joint; "a problem consisting of two separate issues"; "they went their separate ways"; "formed a separate church"
adjective separate, individual, distinct, detached, disconnected, unattached, discontinuous 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.
adj → diskret