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From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin distinctus, past participle of distinguere (to distinguish); see distinguish.



distinct (comparative more distinct, superlative most distinct)

  1. Capable of being perceived very clearly.
    • 2013 July-August, Fenella Saunders, “Tiny Lenses See the Big Picture”, in American Scientist:
      The single-imaging optic of the mammalian eye offers some distinct visual advantages. Such lenses can take in photons from a wide range of angles, increasing light sensitivity. They also have high spatial resolution, resolving incoming images in minute detail.
    Her voice was distinct despite the heavy traffic.
  2. Different from one another (with the preferable adposition being "from").
    • 1928, Lawrence R. Bourne, chapter 13, in Well Tackled![1]:
      “Yes, there are two distinct sets of footprints, both wearing rubber shoes—one I think ordinary plimsolls, the other goloshes,” replied the sergeant.
    Horses are distinct from zebras.
  3. Noticeably different from others; distinctive.
    Olga's voice is quite distinct because of her accent.
  4. Separate in place; not conjunct or united; with from.
    • Clarendon
      The intention was that the two armies which marched out together should afterward be distinct.
  5. (obsolete) Distinguished; having the difference marked; separated by a visible sign; marked out; specified.
    • Milton
      Wherever thus created — for no place / Is yet distinct by name.
  6. (obsolete) Marked; variegated.
    • Spenser
      The which [place] was dight / With divers flowers distinct with rare delight.



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distinct (feminine singular distincte, masculine plural distincts, feminine plural distinctes)

  1. distinct
  2. discrete

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