1. (Architecture) Used of buildings; standing apart from others.
2. Being or feeling set or kept apart from others; SYN. isolated, separated, set-apart.
3. No longer connected or joined; SYN. separated.
4. Not fixed in position; SYN. free.
ETYM Cf. French différentiel.
1. Relating to or showing a difference.
2. (Mathematics) Involving or containing one or more derivatives.
In electronics, a reference to a type of circuit that makes use of the difference between two signals rather than the difference between one signal and some reference voltage.
ETYM Latin discretus, p. p. of discernere. Related to Discreet.
Separate; individual; identifiable as a unit. For example, bits are discrete elements of data processed by a computer.
Separate; composed of separable parts.
Constituting a separate entity or part; SYN. distinct.
ETYM Latin distinctus, p. p. of distinguere: cf. French distinct. Related to Distinguish.
1. Recognizable; marked; SYN. decided.
2. Easy to perceive; especially clearly outlined.
3. (Often followed by 'from') Not alike; different in nature or quality; SYN. distinguishable.
ETYM Old Fren. especial, French spécial, Latin specialis, from species a particular sort, kind, or quality. Related to Species, Special.
Surpassing what is common or usual or expected; SYN. exceptional, particular, special.
ETYM Latin individuus indivisible; pref. in- not + dividuus divisible, from dividere to divide: cf. French individuel. Related to Divide.
1. Being or characteristic of a single thing or person.
2. Characteristic of or meant for a single person or thing; SYN. separate, single.
3. Separate and distinct from others of the same kind; SYN. case-by-case, item-by-item.
Concerning one person exclusively; SYN. private.
ETYM Old Eng. particuler, French particulier, Latin particularis. Related to Particle.
1. Providing specific details or circumstances.
2. Separate and distinct from others of the same group or category.
3. Separate and distinct from others.
4. Unique or specific to a person or thing or category; SYN. peculiar, special.
First and most important; SYN. special.
1. Independent; not united or joint
2. Individual and distinct; SYN. single.
3. Separated according to race, sex, class, or religion
ETYM Old Fren., from Late Lat. separalis, from Latin separ separate, different. Related to Sever, Separate.
1. Distinct and individual.
2. (Used with count nouns) Of an indefinite number more than 2 or 3 but not many.
ETYM Latin singulus, a dim. from the root in simplex simple; cf. Old Eng. and Old Fren. sengle, from Latin singulus. See Simple, Singular.
(Botany; of flowers) Having usually only one row or whorl of petals.
1. Existing alone or consisting of one entity or part or aspect or individual.
2. Having uniform application.
3. Involved two individuals.
4. Not divided among or brought to bear on more than one object or objective; SYN. undivided, exclusive.
ETYM Old Eng. singuler, French singulier, from Latin singularius, singularis, from singulus single. Related to Single.
1. Being a single and separate person or thing.
2. Grammatical number category referring to a single item or unit.
3. The single one of its kind; SYN. unique, exceptional.
ETYM Latin specialis, from species a particular sort, kind, or quality: cf. French spécial. Related to Species, Especial.
1. Adapted to or reserved for a particular purpose.
2. For a special service or occasion.
ETYM French spécifique, or New Lat. cpesificus; Latin species a particular sort or kind + facere to make. Related to Specify.
1. Stated explicitly or in detail.
2. Relating to or distinguishing or constituting a taxonomic species.
3. (Sometimes followed by 'to') Applying to or characterized by or distinguishing something particular or special or unique.
4. (Med and pathology) Being or affecting a disease produced by a particular microorganism or condition; used also of stains or dyes used in making microscope slides.