Definition of discretize in English:


(also discretise)


[WITH OBJECT]Mathematics
  • Represent or approximate (a quantity or series) using a discrete quantity or quantities.

    • ‘Ten categories appear to be sufficient for discretizing the integral over parameters.’
    • ‘Approximations are made when the world is represented using continuous models (partial differential equations) and when these continuous models are discretized.’
    • ‘To solve such equations we must retreat to discrete steps and computations, and sometimes the continuous space itself must be discretized over a mesh before submission to a computing device.’
    • ‘To make the solution feasible, compromises must be made in the resolution of the grids used to discretize the equations.’
    • ‘For the continuous distributions of selection coefficients, calculations are performed by discretizing the density function using 10 categories.’