|1.||[ adjective ] (often followed by `from') not alike; different in nature or quality|
"plants of several distinct types" "the word `nationalism' is used in at least two distinct senses" "management had interests quite distinct from those of their employees"
|2.||[ adjective ] easy to perceive; especially clearly outlined|
"a distinct flavor" "a distinct odor of turpentine" "a distinct outline" "the ship appeared as a distinct silhouette" "distinct fingerprints"
|Related terms:||indistinct crisp chiseled chiseled clear razor-sharp defined knifelike crystalline clear precise definite|
|3.||[ adjective ] constituting a separate entity or part|
"a government with three discrete divisions" "on two distinct occasions"
|4.||[ adjective ] recognizable; marked|
"noticed a distinct improvement" "at a distinct (or decided) disadvantage"
|5.||[ adjective ] clearly or sharply defined to the mind|
"clear-cut evidence of tampering" "Claudius was the first to invade Britain with distinct...intentions of conquest" "trenchant distinctions between right and wrong"