What is distinct?

  • (adj): Constituting a separate entity or part.
    Example: "On two distinct occasions"
    Synonyms: discrete
    See also — Additional definitions below


Two or more things are distinct if no two of them are the same thing. In mathematics, two things are called distinct if they are not equal. In physics two things are distinct if they cannot be mapped to each other.

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Some articles on distinct:

Lymphatic Endothelium
... The lymphatic endothelium is a specialised form of epithelium, distinct from but similar to vascular endothelium ... A lymph capillary endothelial cell is distinct from other endothelial cells in that collagen fibers are directly attached to its plasma membrane ... endothelia were seen to be morphologically distinct and lymphatic vessels considered less important ...
In Mathematics - Proving Distinctness
... In order to prove that two things x and y are distinct, it often helps to find some property that one has but not the other ... reason we had any doubt that the roots 1 and 2 in the above example were distinct, then we might prove this by noting that 1 is an odd number while 2 is even ... This would prove that 1 and 2 are distinct ...
... Labeoninae is a doubtfully distinct subfamily of ray-finned fishes in the family Cyprinidae of order Cypriniformes ... for these fishes is labeonins (when considered a distinct subfamily) or labeoins (when included in subfamily Cyprininae) ... include the group sometimes separated as Garrinae, but these do not seem to be that distinct ...
Lampung Languages
... It is a dialect cluster with two main dialects, perhaps distinct enough to be considered distinct languages Abung/Pepadun (Lampung Nyo) and Pesisir/Say Batin (Lampung Api) ... is sometimes considered part of Lampung Api, by others a distinct language ...
Bondy's Theorem
... An be distinct subsets of X ... Then there exists a subset S of X with n − 1 elements such that the sets Ai ∩ S are all distinct ... In other words, if we have a 0-1 matrix with n rows and n columns such that each row is distinct, we can remove one column such that the rows of the resulting n × (n − 1) matrix are distinct ...

More definitions of "distinct":

  • (adj): Easy to perceive; especially clearly outlined.
    Example: "A distinct flavor"; "a distinct odor of turpentine"; "a distinct outline"; "the ship appeared as a distinct silhouette"; "distinct fingerprints"
  • (adj): Recognizable; marked.
    Example: "Noticed a distinct improvement"; "at a distinct (or decided) disadvantage"
    Synonyms: decided
  • (adj): Clearly or sharply defined to the mind.
    Example: "Claudius was the first to invade Britain with distinct...intentions of conquest"
    Synonyms: clear-cut, trenchant
  • (adj): (often followed by 'from') not alike; different in nature or quality.
    Example: "Plants of several distinct types"; "the word 'nationalism' is used in at least two distinct senses"; "gold is distinct from iron"; "a tree related to but quite distinct from the European beech"; "management had interests quite distinct from those of their employees"
    Synonyms: distinguishable

Famous quotes containing the word distinct:

    It is best for all parties in the combined family to take matters slowly, to use the crock pot instead of the pressure cooker, and not to aim for a perfect blend but rather to recognize the pleasures to be enjoyed in retaining some of the distinct flavors of the separate ingredients.
    Claire Berman (20th century)

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    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900)

    It no longer makes sense to speak of “feeding problems” or “sleep problems” or “negative behavior” is if they were distinct categories, but to speak of “problems of development” and to search for the meaning of feeding and sleep disturbances or behavior disorders in the developmental phase which has produced them.
    Selma H. Fraiberg (20th century)