What is 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"
    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:

Bondy's Theorem
... An be distinct subsets of X ... 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 ...
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 ... this stage vascular and lymphatic endothelia were seen to be morphologically distinct and lymphatic vessels considered less important ...
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) ... considered part of Lampung Api, by others a distinct language ...
... Labeoninae is a doubtfully distinct subfamily of ray-finned fishes in the family Cyprinidae of order Cypriniformes ... name for these fishes is labeonins (when considered a distinct subfamily) or labeoins (when included in subfamily Cyprininae) ... group sometimes separated as Garrinae, but these do not seem to be that distinct ...
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 ... 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 ...

More definitions of "distinct":

  • (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): Recognizable; marked.
    Example: "Noticed a distinct improvement"; "at a distinct (or decided) disadvantage"
    Synonyms: decided
  • (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
  • (adj): Constituting a separate entity or part.
    Example: "On two distinct occasions"
    Synonyms: discrete

Famous quotes containing the word distinct:

    While each child is born with his or her own distinct genetic potential for physical, social, emotional and cognitive development, the possibilities for reaching that potential remain tied to early life experiences and the parent-child relationship within the family.
    Bernice Weissbourd (20th century)

    I advance it therefore as a suspicion only, that the blacks, whether originally a distinct race, or made distinct by time and circumstances, are inferior to the whites in the endowments of both body and mind.
    Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)

    No parent should strive to be like another; just like our children, each of us is unique. And just as we love each of our children for being a special person, our children learn to love each of us for being a distinct parent and person.
    Saf Lerman (20th century)