discrete vs discreet

discrete discreet


  • 1) Separate; distinct; individual; Non-continuous.
  • 2) That can be perceived individually and not as connected to, or part of something else.
  • 3) audio engineering Having separate and independent channels of audio, as opposed to multiplexed stereo or quadraphonic, or other multi-channel sound.
  • 4) topology Having each singleton subset open: said of a topological space or a topology.
  • 5) electrical engineering Having separate electronic components, such as individual resistors and inductors — the opposite of integrated circuitry.
  • 6) Consisting of unconnected distinct parts.
  • 7) Constituting a separate thing: synonym: distinct.
  • 8) Mathematics Defined for a finite or countable set of values; not continuous.
  • 9) See Concrete movement of the voice, under Concrete, a.
  • 10) Disjunctive; containing a disjunctive or discretive clause.
  • 11) (Bot.) Separate; not coalescent; -- said of things usually coalescent.
  • 12) that which must be divided into units, as number, and is opposed to continued quantity, as duration, or extension.
  • 13) Separate; distinct; disjunct.
  • 14) 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.
  • 15) In Med., opposed to confluent: as, discrete exanthemata.
  • 16) Disjunctive; consisting of parts united by some extrinsic bond of connection. Thus, the notion of “women, sailors, and idiots” is a discrete notion.
  • 17) To separate; discontinue.
  • 18) Discretive; containing exceptions, real or apparent.
  • 19) In botany, not coalescent; distinct.
  • 20) Separate; distinct from others; individual: opposed to concrete.
  • 21) Consisting of distinct or individual parts; not continuous.
  • 22) obsolete To separate.


  • 1) Not drawing attention, anger or challenge; inconspicuous.
  • 2) Respectful of privacy or secrecy; quiet; diplomatic.
  • 3) Possessed of, exercising, or showing prudence and self-restraint in speech and behavior; circumspect.
  • 4) Made, done, or situated so as to attract little notice.
  • 5) obsolete Differing; distinct.
  • 6) Possessed of discernment, especially in avoiding error or evil, and in the adaptation of means to ends; prudent; sagacious; judicious; not rash or heedless; cautious.
  • 7) heedful of potential consequences
  • 8) unobtrusively perceptive and sympathetic
  • 9) marked by prudence or modesty and wise self-restraint
  • 10) Civil;polite.
  • 11) Distinct; distinguishable; discrete. See discrete, the usual spelling in this sense.
  • 12) Synonyms See list under cautious.
  • 13) Civil; polite.
  • 14) Wise or judicious in avoiding mistakes or faults, or in selecting the best means to accomplish a purpose; prudent; circumspect; cautious; wary; not rash.


  • 1) Limited war was no longer a discrete phenomenon but part of a wider whole.
  • 2) Flow charts show the organization or relationships between discrete parts of a system.
  • 3) These blocks should not be considered as discrete units which can simply be placed next to one another.
  • 4) The chapters are intense, almost discrete sections that flit between characters affected by the deaths.
  • 5) It tells its story in three linked but discrete sections, each focused on different characters.
  • 6) The measure is plain to see, forming a discrete part of a main government Bill.
  • 7) ‘All of these may usually be discrete and distinct domains but one key theme of this chapter is that there are also overlaps.’
  • 8) ‘These conjoined applications raise one point in common and others discrete to the individual cases.’
  • 9) ‘That is, does age affect general ability or does it have discrete effects on individual abilities?’
  • 10) ‘Mosaic warts occur as collections of small, discrete and densely packed individual warts.’
  • 11) ‘We have seen that in an atom, possible electron energies come in a discrete series of distinct levels.’
  • 12) ‘Now I am going way out on a limb here, but could a discrete universe make this a moot point?’
  • 13) ‘Signs are only meaningful within the system of signification in which they are produced, and not as discrete units.’
  • 14) ‘Assemblages are denned as coherent suites of plant fossils preserved in discrete lithological units.’
  • 15) ‘Investors own units in the fund of funds but have no discrete units in the underlying funds.’
  • 16) ‘Chips, being discrete units of food, rather than a single blob or lump of food, have a social element.’
  • 17) ‘Is it a discrete inquiry by reference to the particular individual or is it a sort of general inquiry?’
  • 18) ‘Needless to say, the distinctions form a continuum, rather than discrete categories.’
  • 19) ‘The atoms in iron, in contrast, do not cluster into discrete molecules.’
  • 20) ‘This extended arcade also sub-divides the site into a series of discrete landscapes.’
  • 21) ‘The patient does suffer a serious loss of cognitive function due to a discrete neurological injury, such as a stroke.’
  • 22) ‘It would provide, in other words, a discrete vehicle for important issues to be addressed.’
  • 23) ‘This book is not about discernment as a discrete act but rather treats it as a manner of living.’
  • 24) ‘And it works when applications store stuff in discrete files, rather than their own data silo.’
  • 25) ‘Whilst this book is a stand-alone title in that it deals with a discrete set of texts, it must also be seen as part of a much larger whole.’
  • 26) ‘The Official Receiver has confined his allegations under this head to the following discrete matters.’


  • 1) The important thing, my friend said, was to remain discreet and put your duties and family first.
  • 2) This luxury hotel allows you to sample all this from a discreet distance.
  • 3) There is a little discreet wafting of programmes.
  • 4) But it is always discreet about its clients and what it does for them.
  • 5) The patches are small and discreet and shaped to fit the abdomen and lower back.
  • 6) They merely hovered at a discreet distance.
  • 7) The difference is that the message it spelt out would be a little more discreet.
  • 8) Maybe they should be a little more discreet in their calls.
  • 9) But he could be a little more discreet.
  • 10) Keep personal pictures small and discreet.
  • 11) The new records show that his earlier musings merely skimmed the surface and that he had been relatively discreet in his memoirs.
  • 12) They wanted something discreet, invisible if possible.
  • 13) Then she is shown their horses, and a discreet veil will now be drawn over that.
  • 14) Don't take on too many issues at one time and always be discreet.
  • 15) Best to draw a discreet veil over that one, really.
  • 16) After a while, we began to flirt and tease but we were always very discreet.
  • 17) I have no problem when people are discreet about it.
  • 18) They're very nicely discreet people.
  • 19) These people are not discreet.
  • 20) An official approach will unsettle a player just as much as an unofficial one, so what is wrong with a discreet inquiry?
  • 21) Having spotted a screen legend behind the wheel, he would follow at a discreet distance and wait for the inevitable traffic violation.
  • 22) Good nursing care provides for the needs of the patient with humanity and kindness, while retaining a discreet distance from emotional involvement.
  • 23) Although there are ways of telling it apart from the A3, the whole remains discreet.
  • 24) Conventional filming can be relatively discreet, but 3D cameras demand the best seats in the house.
  • 25) He's good at memorizing conversations, and some guys weren't so what you call discreet talking around him.
  • 26) Some areas for the ladies to consider: hair cut, color, makeup, shoes, purses, clothing, jewelry and certain discreet cultural factors.
  • 27) ‘A lot of their work is carried out in a very discreet and confidential manner.’
  • 28) ‘The purpose of the bullying audit was explained and their participation in a confidential and discreet interview was invited.’
  • 29) ‘Do they fear physical harm or do they fear being forced to be discreet so as to avoid physical harm?’
  • 30) ‘He had been careful to maintain a discreet distance between the architects of the plan and the hired help.’
  • 31) ‘He stressed his team were discreet in their inquiries and that any innocent party could be easily eliminated from the hunt.’
  • 32) ‘Clearly he considered this work to be creative and, while he is often bold in his alterations, he can also be discreet and delicate.’
  • 33) ‘He tries to be more discreet about his own political leanings.’
  • 34) ‘The agent was one of the most tactful and discreet people that I have ever met in my life.’
  • 35) ‘She is diplomatically discreet about the pitfalls for foreign firms in the country.’
  • 36) ‘When she noticed me, she gave me a discreet wink and continued with her speech.’
  • 37) ‘After his daughter's birth, the president confided, several friends had advised him to seek a discreet divorce.’
  • 38) ‘I wish I were a discreet sort of person in whom others could confide.’
  • 39) ‘Their bodyguards followed them around the place at discreet distances.’
  • 40) ‘He was a delightful man but he had a very discreet nature.’
  • 41) ‘Probably to avoid arousing the ire of his notoriously touchy band mates, he becomes more discreet and less gossipy as time goes by.’
  • 42) ‘Please note that it is important from the outset that you should be discreet about your interest in joining the Service.’
  • 43) ‘Autobiographies are often curiously discreet about the awful transition.’
  • 44) ‘In Britain, we'd see that as just being discreet, not making a fuss, not imposing yourself arrogantly on other people.’
  • 45) ‘They apply their mind and are trained to be discreet enough to prevent people from knowing that they are being watched.’
  • 46) ‘It is possible to be discreet, and a lot of famous people are.’
  • 47) ‘A discreet cough alerted him to the couple's readiness to leave.’
  • 48) ‘He jumps in his chair at a discreet cough immediately beside him.’
  • 49) ‘I talked to him last week in the understated luxury of the discreet Residence.’
  • 50) ‘Their style is neat, discreet, simple, conservative and under-stated.’
  • 51) ‘Then, the keys emit soft clicks with each key press, much more discreet than the loud beep.’
  • 52) ‘Specially tuned cars usually boast a discreet logo.’
  • 53) ‘He said they might still be able to wear discreet turbans to school but did not mention their facial hair.’
  • 54) ‘As you would expect from a Roux protégé, his sauces are intensely delicious but discreet and not over-rich.’
  • 55) ‘But, immaculately dressed in a dark-grey trouser suit, the effect is discreet.’
  • 56) ‘It is large, bound in luxurious leather, with discreet gold lettering announcing its pedigree.’
  • 57) ‘She's looking good in black suit, styled hair and discreet (but still obvious) makeup.’
  • 58) ‘And here is an orchestration of imagery that is as powerful as it is discreet.’
  • 59) ‘There is a discreet knock on the door of the mayoral chamber.’
  • 60) ‘The colours and discreet lighting of the restaurant blend and lend superbly to the informal atmosphere and freshest food.’
  • 61) ‘Steel toe-cap boots can prove to be an excellent equaliser - smart-looking and discreet is best.’
  • 62) ‘More matronly sorts opt instead for ye olde-style tea shoppes and here you can eavesdrop over a discreet pot of Darjeeling.’
  • 63) ‘Some repairs to the shed and a discreet coat of green, brown or black woodstain might improve its appearance, for instance.’
  • 64) ‘For the cross examination she is dressed in a sober black dress and discreet gold chain as befits a senior law officer.’
  • 65) ‘Wearing a smart green dress and discreet golden earrings, she seemed every inch the sophisticated operator.’
  • 66) ‘Their discreet designer labels send out waves of attitude like bullets, but secretly they delight in the attention.’
  • 67) a discreet investor

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