# discrete

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## discrete

constituting a separate thing; distinct; different; individual; unconnected
Not to be confused with:
discreet – judicious in one’s conduct or speech; careful; circumspect; prudent; modest
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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
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## 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"
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## 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.
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## discrete

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

## discrete

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

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

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## discrete

[dɪsˈkriːt] adj (separate, distinct) → separato/a, distinto/a; (Statistics) → discreto/a
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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.
Fact.MR has announced the addition of the "Discrete Diodes Market Forecast, Trend Analysis & Competition Tracking - Global Market Insights 2018 to 2028"report to their offering.
Summary: In recent years, the electronic assembly and packaging technologies have become more complex, this has led to the designers in discrete diodes market to reduce the size of their products.
The second type is a laptop with some graphical ability in that it has a discrete graphics card that works along with the CPU.
However, due to a 31c per share discrete tax benefit, Caterpillar is revising its profit per share outlook to a range of \$12.06-\$13.06, compared with the previous outlook range of \$11.75-\$12.75.
Discrete mathematics is the basis of much of computer science, from algorithms and automata theory to combinatorics and graph theory.
But for discrete situation there is no any variant of such a theory although there are a lot of approximate constructions for solving simplest kinds of pseudo-differential equations, for example singular integral and similar equations [1, 6, 7, 8, 9,10,13,15,18].
This process can be approached in a discrete fashion rather than coming at it from an all-encompassing, enterprise-level approach.
They cover complex and hypercomplex numbers; octonion numbers; quaternions and color images; color images as two-dimensional grayscale images; one-dimensional and two-dimensional quaternion and octonion discrete Fourier transforms; color image enhancement and quaternion discrete Fourier transforms; gradients, face recognition, visualization, and quaternions; and color image restoration and quaternion discrete Fourier transforms.
It compares to \$1.48 for the prior quarter, which included \$0.39 per share of net discrete benefits from Form 8-K items announced on December 4, 2017 and the impacts of tax reform-related items, and \$0.91 for the first quarter of 2017.

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