# Dictionary Definition

distinct adj

1 easy to perceive; especially clearly outlined;
"a distinct flavor"; "a distinct odor of turpentine"; "a distinct
outline"; "the ship appeared as a distinct silhouette"; "distinct
fingerprints" [ant: indistinct]

2 (often followed by `from') not alike; different
in nature or quality; "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" [syn: distinguishable]

3 constituting a separate entity or part; "a
government with three discrete divisions"; "on two distinct
occasions" [syn: discrete]

4 recognizable; marked; "noticed a distinct
improvement"; "at a distinct (or decided) disadvantage" [syn:
decided]

5 clearly or sharply defined to the mind;
"clear-cut evidence of tampering"; "Claudius was the first to
invade Britain with distinct...intentions of conquest"; "trenchant
distinctions between right and wrong" [syn: clear-cut,
trenchant]

# User Contributed Dictionary

## English

### Pronunciation

- /dɪˈstɪŋkt/
- Rhymes with: -ɪŋkt

### Adjective

#### Synonyms

#### Translations

very clear

- French: distinct, intelligible
- Italian: chiaro , chiara
- Japanese: 明白な (meihaku-na)

different from one another

noticeably different

- French: reconnaissable
- Japanese: 無二の (muni-no)

- ttbc Interlingua: distincte
- ttbc Spanish: distinto m, distinta f
- ttbc Telugu: విలక్షణమైన (vilakshaNamaina)

## French

### Pronunciation

- /dis.tɛ̃/
- SAMPA: /dis.tE~/

### Adjective

- distinct

# Extensive Definition

Two or more things are distinct if no two of them
are the same thing. In mathematics, two things are
called distinct if they are not equal.

The equation

- x2 − 3x + 2 = 0

- (x − 1)(x − 2) = 0

In contrast, the equation:

- x2 − 2x + 1 = 0

- (x − 1)(x − 1) = 0

In other words, the first equation has distinct
roots, while the second does not. (In the general theory, the
discriminant is
introduced to explain this.)

## Proving distinctness

In order to prove that two things x and y are distinct, it often helps to find some property that one has but not the other. For a simple example, if for some reason we had any doubt that the roots 1 and 2 in the above example were distinct, then we might prove this by noting that 1 is an odd number while 2 is even. This would prove that 1 and 2 are distinct.Along the same lines, one can prove that x and y
are distinct by finding some function
f and proving that f(x) and f(y) are distinct. This may seem like a
simple idea, and it is, but many deep results in mathematics
concern when you can prove distinctness by particular methods. For
example,

- The Hahn-Banach theorem says (among other things) that distinct elements of a Banach space can be proved to be distinct using only linear functionals.
- In category theory, if f is a functor between categories C and D, then f always maps isomorphic objects to isomorphic objects. Thus, one way to show two objects of C are distinct (up to isomorphism) is to show that their images under f are distinct (up to isomorphism).

## See also

distinct in German: Paarweise verschieden

distinct in Thai: ภาวะแตกต่าง

# Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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apart