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a government with three discrete divisions
  constituting a separate entity or part
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discrete discretely discreteness
Strongly Associated with:   discreet
Word Confusion:  Don’t confuse discrete with discreet (circumspect).
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  • a government with three discrete divisions
  • A certifiable genius (who was definitely never a prodigy), Einstein had figured out that light can act, in a seeming paradox, both as a discrete particle and as a wave.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • And soon the screen had sixteen discrete images on it, all of them transmitting live feed.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • I would move off a discrete distance, out of sight, but within easy talking distance.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind

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  • A tactile impression still registers from that moment: the skeletal outline of her spine, each vertebra discrete, the whole serpentine length moving up and down with her tortured breathing.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He says there are no such things as discrete objects which remain unchanged, set apart from the flow of time.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • When an intelligence agency intercepted a code containing sensitive data, cryptographers each worked on a discrete section of the code.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • I’m a discrete particle physicist.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • What discrete succession of images did Stephen meanwhile perceive?
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Every moment—every blink—is composed of a series of discrete moving parts, and every one of those parts offers an opportunity for intervention, for reform, and for correction.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink

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  • Crime, on the other hand, isn’t a single discrete tiling, but a word used to describe an almost impossibly varied and complicated set of behaviors.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • On the other, we have a great deal of ASW arrayed to locate her, and she will be heading towards one of only a few discrete locations.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • The whole body moved in a single rhythm of breathing, walking, and thinking; the lungs, no longer discrete and automatic, were disciplined to harmony with mind and limb.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • The number of classrooms was one, they immediately discovered, which served all grades from first to seventh, the students separated in discrete clusters by age.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well
  • It was confusing, each sound running into the next sound, like the mingling reverberations of bells, until I learned to separate the sounds, and then they overlapped, each soft but distinct, increasing but discrete, peals of laughter.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • The noise of each locust is pitched in some classic locust range out of which none of them varies more than two full tones: and yet you seem to hear each locust discrete from all the rest, and there is a long, slow, pulse in their noise, like the scarcely defined arch of a long and high set bridge.
    James Agee  --  A Death in the Family
  • In this, her small, green country, surrounded by an embrasure of old Charleston brick, there were camellias of distinction, eight discrete varieties of azaleas, and a host of other flowers, but she directed her prime attention to the growing of roses.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Each step was a discrete event, requiring conscious effort.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • She made him speak in lines that were difficult to sound-bite, discrete units of ideas, notions.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • So perhaps you will permit an older comrade to lend you the words, since it often helps to have discrete words.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • He winked at her discretely and then banged his head against the glass, this time hard enough to give himself a headache.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • In every man there are two hemispheres of light and dark, two worlds discrete, two countries of his soul’s adventure.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  The Child by Tiger
  • It was dense and impenetrable in places while thin in others, and the slight breeze made discrete tendrils curve and twist, almost as if alive.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  True Believer
  • She had to carefully dissect out the edges of the fistula, trying to find what had once been discrete layers of bladder lining, bladder wall, then vaginal wall and vaginal lining.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Now and then the spirit of American shows a transient faltering, and its inventiveness is displaced by a banal extension of meaning, so that a single noun comes to signify discrete things.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Such structural factors forced one to assume that a single cell was no different from the higher life-form of which it was a building block, that it, too, was a higher organism, yet another composite made up of discrete units of life, individual living entities.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • And if God has put some obstacle in place Against you and Damis sharing the same space, Wouldn’t you prefer to be more discrete And leave this house in a noble retreat Than to sit and see the son of the house Thrust from his home like a beggarly louse.
    Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere  --  Tartuffe
  • He looks across the room in this upper-level course and decides, then and there, that he’ll sign up for discrete math-and stick with all the other classes.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • For each of the Red October’s main dimensions—length, beam, height—he input ten discrete numerical values.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • Thus the technology used to localize a target first detected by SOSUS, or to "delouse" a discrete piece of ocean preparatory to the passage of a convoy, simply was not up to a random search of the deep ocean.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • It is a surprise to find surgeons speak about its eight anatomical "segments"—as if they are discrete, as if they are like sections of an orange.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • But he can’t afford to, because he’ll probably have to drop CS 22-Discrete Math.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • As the campus library stacks and late-night eateries fill with midterm studiers, he stops by Discrete Math to pick up the take-home midterm.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Sitting across from him at the cafeteria table is Evan Horowitz, the unit’s math whiz whom Cedric has chatted with from time to time about Discrete Math.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • With all of the Soviet Alfas and Victors already on the coast, and the last of the Charlies, Echoes, and Novembers just arriving on their stations, the master screen Commander Quentin was staring at was no longer filled with discrete little red dots but rather with large circles.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • Sitting in the opening session of another class he’s thinking of taking-Computer Science 22, Discrete Math-he spots one of Brown’s nerd-gods, an eager Asian kid who answered two questions in the last five minutes.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • "On the other hand, they know where she’s heading, a limited number of discrete areas, and those are staked out with fifty-eight submarines.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • Quantity is either discrete or continuous.
    Aristotle  --  The Categories
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