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- 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.
- Different from one another (with the preferable adposition being "from").
1928, Lawrence R. Bourne, chapter 13, in Well Tackled!:
- “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.
- Noticeably different from others; distinctive.
Olga's voice is quite distinct because of her accent.
- Separate in place; not conjunct or united; with from.
- The intention was that the two armies which marched out together should afterward be distinct.
- (obsolete) Distinguished; having the difference marked; separated by a visible sign; marked out; specified.
- Wherever thus created — for no place / Is yet distinct by name.
- (obsolete) Marked; variegated.
- The which [place] was dight / With divers flowers distinct with rare delight.
different from one another
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- distinct in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- distinct in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911