Definition of discrete
Examples of discrete in a sentence
The idea is to disconnect the memory from the reactions to the memory, so that although the memory of the traumatic event remains, the everyday things that can trigger fear and panic, such as trash blowing across the interstate or a car backfiring … are restored to insignificance. The trauma thus becomes a discrete event, not a constant, self-replicating, encompassing condition. —Sue Halpern, New Yorker, 19 May 2008
Eliminating stress entirely is not an option. If there are discrete sources of stress in your life—a relationship, a job, a health problem—you can and should take action to try to mitigate them. But my experience is that we all are subject to a kind of conservation law of stress. If stress recedes in one area, it seems to increase in another. —Time, 17 Oct. 2005
The newer, digital phones broadcast their communications in discrete bursts of energy, whereas analog devices employ continuous signals. —Janet Raloff, Science News, 12 Feb. 2000
several discrete sections to this vast medical complex, including a college of pharmacology and a research center
Recent Examples of discrete from the web
The word weekend is a creation of the industrial revolution, since a discrete working week doesn't make much sense on a farm that needs constant tending.
Juicy, inviting, bulbously discrete hallucinations.
But history does tell us that human imagination can spontaneously transform discrete events into world-shaking narratives of unexpected color and force.
Other groups have previously made progress on discrete problems, but generalized systems that approach human levels of understanding and reasoning have not been developed.
And yes, that includes considering the totality of a person's life, as (note to Bai) life is lived holistically, not this part discrete and separate from that part.
In an instant, the entire fence line lit up in a corona of frenetic glitters, each burst crisp and discrete against the black night.
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Origin and Etymology of discrete
Middle English, from Latin discretus —see discreet
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of discrete
DISCRETE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of discrete for English Language Learners
: separate and different from each other
DISCRETE Defined for Kids
Headscratcher for discrete
There's a clue in the word discrete to keep you from confusing it with discreet. Discrete means “separate,” and to spell discrete you keep the E's separate.
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