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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Dis·cern v. t. [imp. & p. p. Discerned p. pr. & vb. n. Discerning.]
 1. To see and identify by noting a difference or differences; to note the distinctive character of; to discriminate; to distinguish.
    To discern such buds as are fit to produce blossoms.   --Boyle.
    A counterfeit stone which thine eye can not discern from a right stone.   --Robynson (More's Utopia).
 2. To see by the eye or by the understanding; to perceive and recognize; as, to discern a difference.
    And [I] beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding.   --Prov. vii. 7.
    Our unassisted sight . . . is not acute enough to discern the minute texture of visible objects.   --Beattie.
    I wake, and I discern the truth.   --Tennyson.
 Syn: -- To perceive; distinguish; discover; penetrate; discriminate; espy; descry; detect. See Perceive.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Dis·cern·ing, a. Acute; shrewd; sagacious; sharp-sighted.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: having or revealing keen insight and good judgment; "a
             discerning critic"; "a discerning reader" [ant: undiscerning]
      2: unobtrusively perceptive and sympathetic; "a discerning
         editor"; "a discreet silence" [syn: discreet]
      3: quick to understand; "a kind and apprehensive friend"-
         Nathaniel Hawthorne [syn: apprehensive]
      4: able to make or detect effects of great subtlety; sensitive;
         "discerning taste"; "a discerning eye for color"