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Definition separate or distinct
  • We collected data from three discrete studies.
discrete = separate or distinct
  • It's not clear which of the discrete medical specialties would be best at diagnosing her illness.
  • discrete = separate or distinct
  • 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
  • Each step was a discrete event, requiring conscious effort.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • I would move off a discrete distance, out of sight, but within easy talking distance.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • She made him speak in lines that were difficult to sound-bite, discrete units of ideas, notions.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • 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
  • And soon the screen had sixteen discrete images on it, all of them transmitting live feed.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • I'm a discrete particle physicist.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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