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Dictionary Definition

discrete adj : constituting a separate entity or part; "a government with three discrete divisions"; "on two distinct occasions" [syn: distinct]

User Contributed Dictionary



From discret, from discretus, from past participle of discernere.



  1. Separate; distinct; individual.
  2. Something that can be perceived individually and not as connected to, or part of something else.
  3. In the context of "electrical engineering": Having separate electronic components, such as individual resistors and inductors — the opposite of integrated circuitry.
  4. In the context of "audio engineering": Having separate and independent channels of audio, as opposed to multiplexed stereo or quadraphonic, or other multi-channel sound.
  5. Having each singleton subset open: said of a topological space or a topology.


  • German: diskret, eigenständig, einzeln, unstetig, separat



  1. Feminine plural form of discreto




  1. indefinite feminine plural nominative/accusative form of discret
  2. indefinite neuter plural nominative/accusative form of discret

Extensive Definition

Discrete may refer to:

See also

discrete in German: Diskret
discrete in French: Discret
discrete in Lithuanian: Diskretumas
discrete in Dutch: Discreet
discrete in Russian: Дискретный
discrete in Slovak: Diskrétny

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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