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Meaning of distinct by Wiktionary Dictionary



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


    • ( RP, US ) IPA: /dɪˈstɪŋkt/
    • Rhymes: -ɪŋkt


    distinct ( comparative more distinct, superlative most distinct )

    1. Very clear .
      Her voice was distinct despite the heavy traffic .
    2. Different from one another .
      The letters in the word "clear" are distinct, while the letters in the word "distinct" are not .
    3. Noticeably different .
      Olga's voice is quite distinct because of her accent .



    External links

    • distinct in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • distinct in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Explanation of distinct by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. clearly or sharply defined to the mind

    2. Claudius was the first to invade Britain with distinct...intentions of conquest
      trenchant distinctions between right and wrong
    3. recognizable

    4. noticed a distinct improvement
      at a distinct ( or decided ) disadvantage
    5. easy to perceive

    6. a distinct flavor
      a distinct odor of turpentine
      a distinct outline
      the ship appeared as a distinct silhouette
      distinct fingerprints
    7. not alike

    8. 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
    9. constituting a separate entity or part

    10. on two distinct occasions

    Definition of distinct by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Distinct a. [L. distinctus, p. p. of distinguere: cf. F. distinct. See Distinguish.]
      1. Distinguished; having the difference marked; separated by a visible sign; marked out; specified. [Obs.]

      Wherever thus created -- for no place

      Is yet distinct by name. Milton.

      2. Marked; variegated. [Obs.]

      The which [place] was dight

      With divers flowers distinct with rare delight. Spenser.

      3. Separate in place; not conjunct; not united by growth or otherwise; -- with from.

      The intention was that the two armies which marched out together should afterward be distinct. Clarendon.

      4. Not identical; different; individual.

      To offend, and judge, are distinct offices. Shak.

      5. So separated as not to be confounded with any other thing; not liable to be misunderstood; not confused; well-defined; clear; as, “we have a distinct or indistinct view of a prospect”.

      Relation more particular and distinct. Milton.

      Syn. -- Separate; unconnected; disjoined; different; clear; plain; conspicuous; obvious.

    2. Distinct v. t. To distinguish. [Obs.] Rom. of R.