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  • Separate; distinct; individual.
  • Something that can be perceived individually and not as connected to, or part of something else.
  • (electrical engineering): Having separate electronic components, such as individual resistors and inductors — the opposite of integrated circuitry.
  • (audio engineering): Having separate and independent channels of audio, as opposed to multiplexed stereo or quadrophonic, or other multi-channel sound.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia



Dis*crete" (?), a. [L. discretus, p. p. of discernere. See Discreet.] 1. Separate; distinct; disjunct. Sir M. Hale.

2. Disjunctive; containing a disjunctive or discretive clause; as, "I resign my life, but not my honor," is a discrete proposition.

3. (Bot.) Separate; not coalescent; -- said of things usually coalescent.

Discrete movement. See Concrete movement of the voice, under Concrete, a. -- Discrete proportion, proportion where the ratio of the means is different from that of either couplet; as, 3:6::8:16, 3 bearing the same proportion to 6 as 8 does to 16. But 3 is not to 6 as 6 to 8. It is thus opposed to continued or continual proportion; as, 3:6::12:24. -- Discrete quantity, that which must be divided into units, as number, and is opposed to continued quantity, as duration, or extension.

Dis*crete", v. t. To separate. [Obs.] Sir T. Browne.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)



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