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  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • He winked at her discretely and then banged his head against the glass, this time hard enough to give himself a headache.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • She made him speak in lines that were difficult to sound-bite, discrete units of ideas, notions.†   (source)
  • He says there are no such things as discrete objects which remain unchanged, set apart from the flow of time.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • So perhaps you will permit an older comrade to lend you the words, since it often helps to have discrete words.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • But he can't afford to, because he'll probably have to drop CS 22-Discrete Math.†   (source)
  • I'm a discrete particle physicist.†   (source)
  • Because it was not a discrete event; it was the form of an Not content with the toll exacted by means of incarceration and forced labor in inhospitable climes, the supreme authorities sought to efface the Enemies of the People.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • "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.†   (source)
  • For each of the Red October's main dimensions—length, beam, height—he input ten discrete numerical values.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • In every man there are two hemispheres of light and dark, two worlds discrete, two countries of his soul's adventure.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • …of going to New York, as the nearest place where there was a printer; and I was rather inclin'd to leave Boston when I reflected that I had already made myself a little obnoxious to the governing party, and, from the arbitrary proceedings of the Assembly in my brother's case, it was likely I might, if I stay'd, soon bring myself into scrapes; and farther, that my indiscrete disputations about religion began to make me pointed at with horror by good people as an infidel or atheist.†   (source)
    standard prefix: The prefix "in-" in indiscrete means not and reverses the meaning of discrete. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.
  • What discrete succession of images did Stephen meanwhile perceive?†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
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