distinct

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

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

Adjective[edit]

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?)Lua error in Module:utilities at line 136: Language code has not been specified. Please pass parameter 1 to the template. 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.
    • (Can we date this quote?)Lua error in Module:utilities at line 136: Language code has not been specified. Please pass parameter 1 to the template. John Milton
      Wherever thus created — for no place / Is yet distinct by name.
  6. (obsolete) Marked; variegated.
    • (Can we date this quote?)Lua error in Module:utilities at line 136: Language code has not been specified. Please pass parameter 1 to the template. Spenser
      The which [place] was dight / With divers flowers distinct with rare delight.

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Antonyms[edit]

  • (capable of being perceived very clearly): confusing
  • (different from one another): same
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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin distinctus.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

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

  1. distinct
  2. discrete

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French distinct, Latin distinctus.

Adjective[edit]

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

  1. distinct

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