distinct

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EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /dɪsˈtɪŋkt/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪŋkt

AdjectiveEdit

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.
    • (Can we date this quote by Clarendon and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      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.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 7”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker [] [a]nd by Robert Boulter [] [a]nd Matthias Walker, [], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: [], London: Basil Montagu Pickering [], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
      Wherever thus created — for no place / Is yet distinct by name.
  6. (obsolete) Marked; variegated.
    • (Can we date this quote by Spenser and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      The which [place] was dight / With divers flowers distinct with rare delight.

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin distinctus.

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

  1. distinct
  2. discrete

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RomanianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French distinct, Latin distinctus.

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distinct m or n (feminine singular distinctă, masculine plural distincți, feminine and neuter plural distincte)

  1. distinct

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