Definition of distinct in English:

distinct

adjective

  • 1Recognizably different in nature from something else of a similar type:

    ‘the patterns of spoken language are distinct from those of writing’
    ‘there are two distinct types of sickle cell disease’
    • ‘If so, it is a completely separate and distinct issue that has nothing to do with this one.’
    • ‘There are three functionally distinct types of such subsystems: transducers, input and output systems, and central systems.’
    • ‘There are three quite distinct types of lavender.’
    • ‘There are two separate and distinct conditions for the exercise of the discretion created by that provision.’
    • ‘Is this not part of what makes them culturally distinct?’
    • ‘But that is not what makes his work distinct from that of his peers.’
    • ‘For instance, could language of presentation help bilinguals keep remembered events cognitively distinct?’
    • ‘What marks them out as distinct also separates them from their neighbours.’
    • ‘He does not interpret these genres as distinct entities, however.’
    • ‘Whilst distinct in terms of research focus, the two projects were theoretically and methodologically similar.’
    • ‘Losing weight and learning Spanish are separate aims with distinct requirements.’
    • ‘There are different types of arthritis that occur in children that are distinct from adult types.’
    • ‘As sea levels rose and the northern Channel Islands separated, each fox population became genetically distinct.’
    • ‘This should be recognized as distinct from suppressing emotion.’
    • ‘Instead, species that differ in timing of gamete release tend to constitute genetically distinct clades.’
    • ‘Each taxon used is morphologically distinct, although the rank of these taxa is in flux.’
    • ‘Grape berries exhibit a double sigmoid pattern of development, with two distinct phases of growth separated by a lag phase.’
    • ‘Thus the nature of plants is quite distinct from the nature of rocks and sand.’
    • ‘It's not like you to belittle legitimate concerns from a distinct ethnocultural space.’
    • ‘But as he splits, she is separating into two quite distinct parts, slipping out of his control.’
    clear, clear-cut, definite, well defined, sharp, marked, decided, unmistakable, easily distinguishable
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    1. 1.1 Physically separate:
      ‘the gallery is divided into five distinct spaces’
      • ‘With a grid in place, you roughly break down the garden into distinct spaces.’
      • ‘Even in cosmopolitan Warsaw, Jews and Poles inhabited not only separate districts, but distinct worlds.’
      • ‘These are two separate, proudly distinct States, and yet both part of what we are happy to call the Union of India.’
      • ‘All of this caused a distinct line of separation between sky and sea to appear.’
      • ‘Along the cathedral's long dark side aisles, one encountered six distinct spaces.’
      • ‘It was also foolish to decide to show the games on three separate and distinct channels.’
      • ‘This remained physically and functionally distinct and probably remained a separate planning unit.’
      • ‘A similar but much less distinct unit separates the middle and upper coccolith limestones.’
      • ‘We use the logical framework provided by this dendrogram to group the SC and MC in functionally distinct clusters.’
      • ‘Notice the full mass on each of these muscles and how each is rock solid with distinct separation.’
      • ‘What stands distinct from the rest is the turban.’
      • ‘What they worry about most is that with two coaching teams, two separate and distinct teams will emerge on tour.’
      • ‘The mantle and the core are thought to have entirely separate and distinct convective regimes.’
      • ‘In philosophy, individuals are defined as entities that are distinct in space and time.’
      • ‘Both groups of companies operate separately and have totally separate and distinct auditors.’
      • ‘A large center console separates the interior into distinct right and left sections.’
      • ‘The result of this is a vast landscape of communities which exist quite separately in distinct ethnic and economic worlds.’
      • ‘The removal is capable of being a distinct operation separate from the winning and working of minerals.’
      • ‘Hestor can make out Jody and Morgan, who remain distinct in the throng.’
      • ‘Two tables are distinct individuals because they occupy distinct portions of space, or of time, or of both.’
      discrete, separate, individual, different, unconnected, unassociated, detached
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  • 2Readily distinguishable by the senses:

    ‘a distinct smell of nicotine’
    • ‘You forget that blood has this special, distinct metallic smell to it.’
    • ‘Burkhard prints his own work and the end result is somewhat grainy with a distinct sense of texture.’
    • ‘Despite snow on the ground, leafless trees and the distinct absence of birdsong one can sense a seasonal change.’
    • ‘Their smells floated into his nostrils, each one distinct, unique, intoxicating.’
    • ‘My immediate concern was to get everyone out of the van because there was a distinct smell of smoke.’
    • ‘The boy smiled toothily, smelling the distinct aroma that is victory and raised his hand again to strike.’
    • ‘And then he caught the distinct smell of a rabbit, and made for the gate, oblivious to the fact that the trail was old.’
    • ‘Traces, not scents, but more like colors he could smell in his head, each distinct and unique.’
    • ‘I have none of these means to produce scent, but it doesn't mean we are without distinct smell.’
    • ‘I could smell her distinct perfume, my lungs feeling renewed with a part of heaven.’
    • ‘His nostrils were filled abruptly with the distinct smell of smoke and burning food.’
    • ‘The distinct smell of alcohol mixed with perfume made Sol's nostrils flare angrily.’
    • ‘She pulled her blanket to her chin, wrinkling her nose at its distinct mildew smell, then yanking it down to her feet.’
    • ‘I could smell him, the distinct scent of him that was a mix of cologne and hair wax and his soap.’
    • ‘She could never get used to the distinct smell of the hospital and wondered if the nurses felt the same way.’
    • ‘He walked up to the front door and suddenly began to notice a distinct, ranking smell.’
    • ‘We're both nonsmokers, and there was a very distinct smell of cigars about Henri Paul.’
    • ‘The burned parts of the etumbu also have a sharp and distinct smell which attracts fish to the trap.’
    • ‘He became first a wavering outline which then solidified, then became more distinct.’
    • ‘We arrive at the sailing club, and there's a distinct smell around.’
    1. 2.1[attributive] (used for emphasis) so clearly apparent to the mind as to be unmistakable; definite:
      ‘he got the distinct impression that Melissa wasn't best pleased’
      • ‘I was also pleased by the distinct lack of annoyingly goofy, stupid characters.’
      • ‘In the past couple of years, there has been the distinct sense that the genre of Americana is reaching critical mass.’
      • ‘The tense atmosphere outside is in distinct contrast with the excitement of the audience inside.’
      • ‘I get a distinct impression that the money is important here.’
      • ‘Influenced by scare stories about an imminent invasion, over-reaction is a distinct possibility.’
      • ‘It has now become a distinct possibility that all spaces in the assigned lots would be taken.’
      • ‘Others give the distinct impression that they no longer fancy being associated with failure.’
      • ‘I have heard nor seen no sign of such feeling, though I can sense distinct undercurrents of change in the public demeanor.’
      • ‘One distinct advantage that Streisand had was William Wyler as her director on the film.’
      • ‘His clothes were wrinkled and I had the distinct impression he slept in them.’
      • ‘The problem with using intent with respect to terrorism is the very distinct possibility of never determining anyone's intent.’
      • ‘I had the distinct sense that she was an authority we were trying to impress.’
      • ‘Attitudes like that show a distinct lack of maturity when it comes to nationhood.’
      • ‘However, those who oppose such separate schooling demonstrate a distinct lack of understanding of this issue.’
      • ‘A very distinct advantage to having a press pass is getting in before the general public.’
      • ‘It was a film where no room was left for the viewer to interpret their own meanings, in distinct contrast to the novel.’
      • ‘But the car shows its age with a distinct lack of storage space and frustratingly fiddly stereo controls.’
      • ‘The process has very distinct advantages over chill casting when quantities are sufficient to warrant this production.’
      • ‘As you are discovering, that's a distinct disadvantage on the mate market.’
      • ‘Using the traditional means of extending religious influence leaves us at a distinct disadvantage.’

Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘differentiated’): from Latin distinctus separated, distinguished, from the verb distinguere (see distinguish).

Pronunciation

distinct

/dɪˈstɪŋ(k)t/