(Dis*cred"it*or) n. One who discredits.
(Dis*creet") a. [Compar. Discreeter ; superl. Discreetest.] [F. discret, L. discretus separated
(whence the meaning reserved, prudent), p. p. of discernere. See Discern, and cf. Discrete.]
1. Possessed of discernment, especially in avoiding error or evil, and in the adaptation of means to
ends; prudent; sagacious; judicious; not rash or heedless; cautious.
It is the discreet man, not the witty, nor the learned, nor the brave, who guides the conversation, and
gives measures to society.Addison.
Satire 's my weapon, but I 'm too discreetPope.
To run amuck, and tilt at all I meet.
The sea is silent, the sea is discreet.Longfellow.
2. Differing; distinct. [Obs.] Spenser.
Dis*creet"ly, adv. Dis*creet"ness, n.
(Dis*crep"ance Dis*crep"an*cy) n.; pl. -ances -ancies [L. disrepantia: cf. OF. discrepance.
See Discrepant.] The state or quality of being discrepant; disagreement; variance; discordance; dissimilarity; contrariety.
There hath been ever a discrepance of vesture of youth and age, men and women.Sir T. Elyot.
There is no real discrepancy between these two genealogies.G. S. Faber.
(Dis*crep"ant) a. [L. discrepans, -antis, p. pr. of discrepare to sound differently or discordantly;
dis- + crepare to rattle, creak: cf. OF. discrepant. See Crepitate.] Discordant; at variance; disagreeing; contrary; different.
The Egyptians were . . . the most oddly discrepant from the rest in their manner of worship.Cudworth.
(Dis*crep"ant), n. A dissident. J. Taylor.
(Dis*crete") a. [L. discretus, p. p. of discernere. See Discreet.]
1. Separate; distinct; disjunct. Sir M. Hale.
2. Disjunctive; containing a disjunctive or discretive clause; as, "I resign my life, but not my honor," is a
3. (Bot.) Separate; not coalescent; said of things usually coalescent.
Discrete movement. See Concrete movement of the voice, under Concrete, a. Discrete proportion,
proportion where the ratio of the means is different from that of either couplet; as, 3:6::8:16, 3 bearing
the same proportion to 6 as 8 does to 16. But 3 is not to 6 as 6 to 8. It is thus opposed to continued
or continual proportion; as, 3:6::12:24. Discrete quantity, that which must be divided into units, as
number, and is opposed to continued quantity, as duration, or extension.
(Dis*crete"), v. t. To separate. [Obs.] Sir T. Browne.
(Dis*crete"ly), adv. Separately; disjunctively.
(Dis*cre"tion) n. [F. discrétion, L. discretio separation, difference, discernment, fr. discernere,
discretum. See Discreet, Discern.]
1. Disjunction; separation. [Obs.] Mede.