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DISTINCT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does distinct mean? 

DISTINCT (adjective)
  The adjective DISTINCT has 5 senses:

1. easy to perceive; especially clearly outlined
2. (often followed by 'from') not alike; different in nature or quality
3. constituting a separate entity or part
4. recognizable; marked
5. clearly or sharply defined to the mind

  Familiarity information: DISTINCT used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


DISTINCT (adjective)


Sense 1distinct [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Easy to perceive; especially clearly outlined

Context examples:

a distinct flavor / a distinct odor of turpentine / a distinct outline / the ship appeared as a distinct silhouette / distinct fingerprints

Similar:

razor-sharp (very clearly delineated)

knifelike (having a sharp or distinct edge)

defined; outlined (showing clearly the outline or profile or boundary)

crystalline (distinctly or sharply outlined)

crisp; sharp ((of something seen or heard) clearly defined)

clean-cut; clear; clear-cut (clear and distinct to the senses; easily perceptible)

chiseled; well-defined (having a clean and distinct outline as if precisely cut along the edges)

Also:

definite (precise; explicit and clearly defined)

clear (clear to the mind)

precise (sharply exact or accurate or delimited)

Antonym:

indistinct (not clearly defined or easy to perceive or understand)


Sense 2distinct [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(often followed by 'from') not alike; different in nature or quality

Synonyms:

distinct; distinguishable

Context examples:

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

Similar:

different (unlike in nature or quality or form or degree)


Sense 3distinct [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Constituting a separate entity or part

Synonyms:

discrete; distinct

Context examples:

a government with three discrete divisions / on two distinct occasions

Similar:

separate (independent; not united or joint)


Sense 4distinct [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Recognizable; marked

Synonyms:

decided; distinct

Context examples:

noticed a distinct improvement / at a distinct (or decided) disadvantage

Similar:

definite (precise; explicit and clearly defined)


Sense 5distinct [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Clearly or sharply defined to the mind

Synonyms:

clear-cut; trenchant; distinct

Context examples:

clear-cut evidence of tampering / Claudius was the first to invade Britain with distinct...intentions of conquest / trenchant distinctions between right and wrong

Similar:

clear (clear to the mind)


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