1. Distinguished; having the difference marked; separated by a visible sign; marked out; specified. [Obs.]
Wherever thus created -- for no place
Is yet distinct by name. --Milton.
2. Marked; variegated. [Obs.]
The which [place] was dight
With divers flowers distinct with rare delight. --Spenser.
3. Separate in place; not conjunct; not united by growth or otherwise; -- with from.
The intention was that the two armies which marched out together should afterward be distinct. --Clarendon.
4. Not identical; different; individual.
To offend, and judge, are distinct offices. --Shak.
5. So separated as not to be confounded with any other thing; not liable to be misunderstood; not confused; well-defined; clear; as, we have a distinct or indistinct view of a prospect.
Relation more particular and distinct. --Milton.
Syn: -- Separate; unconnected; disjoined; different; clear; plain; conspicuous; obvious.
Dis·tinct v. t. To distinguish. [Obs.]
adj 1: 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" [ant: indistinct]
2: (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";
"gold is distinct from iron"; "a tree related to but quite
distinct from the European beech"; "management had
interests quite distinct from those of their employees"
3: constituting a separate entity or part; "a government with
three discrete divisions"; "on two distinct occasions"
4: recognizable; marked; "noticed a distinct improvement"; "at
a distinct (or decided) disadvantage" [syn: decided]
5: 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" [syn: clear-cut, trenchant]