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:

Bondy's Theorem
... An be distinct subsets of X ... with n − 1 elements such that the sets Ai ∩ S are all distinct ... 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 ...
... Labeoninae is a doubtfully distinct subfamily of ray-finned fishes in the family Cyprinidae of order Cypriniformes ... A common name for these fishes is labeonins (when considered a distinct subfamily) or labeoins (when included in subfamily Cyprininae) ... If the subfamily is considered distinct, it is typically split in the tribes Labeonini (which are able to swimm well in open water) and Garrini (which are mostly benthic), and sometimes in addition the Banganini (w ...
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 ... At this stage vascular and lymphatic 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 ... if for some 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 ... This would prove that 1 and 2 are distinct ...
Lampung Languages
... cluster with two main dialects, perhaps distinct enough to be considered distinct languages Abung/Pepadun (Lampung Nyo) and Pesisir/Say Batin (Lampung Api) ... A third, Komering, is sometimes considered part of Lampung Api, by others a distinct language ...

More definitions of "distinct":

  • (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): 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): 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"

Famous quotes containing the word distinct:

    Man has no Body distinct from his Soul; for that call’d Body is a portion of Soul discern’d by the five Senses, the chief inlets of Soul in this age.
    William Blake (1757–1827)

    There are in me, in literary terms, two distinct characters: one who is taken with roaring, with lyricism, with soaring aloft, with all the sonorities of phrase and summits of thought; and the other who digs and scratches for truth all he can, who is as interested in the little facts as the big ones, who would like to make you feel materially the things he reproduces.
    Gustave Flaubert (1821–1880)

    There is a vague popular belief that lawyers are necessarily dishonest. I say vague, because when we consider to what extent confidence and honors are reposed in and conferred upon lawyers by the people, it appears improbable that their impression of dishonesty is very distinct and vivid. Yet the impression is common, almost universal.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865)