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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Dis·tin·guish v. t. [imp. & p. p. Distinguished p. pr. & vb. n. Distinguishing.]
 1. Not set apart from others by visible marks; to make distinctive or discernible by exhibiting differences; to mark off by some characteristic.
 Not more distinguished by her purple vest,
 Than by the charming features of her face.   --Dryden.
    Milton has distinguished the sweetbrier and the eglantine.   --Nares.
 2. To separate by definition of terms or logical division of a subject with regard to difference; as, to distinguish sounds into high and low.
    Moses distinguished the causes of the flood into those that belong to the heavens, and those that belong to the earth.   --T. Burnet.
 3. To recognize or discern by marks, signs, or characteristic quality or qualities; to know and discriminate (anything) from other things with which it might be confounded; as, to distinguish the sound of a drum.
    We are enabled to distinguish good from evil, as well as truth from falsehood.   --Watts.
 Nor more can you distinguish of a man,
 Than of his outward show.   --Shak.
 4. To constitute a difference; to make to differ.
    Who distinguisheth thee?   --1 Cor. iv. 7. (Douay version).
 5. To separate from others by a mark of honor; to make eminent or known; to confer distinction upon; -- with by or for.“To distinguish themselves by means never tried before.”
 Syn: -- To mark; discriminate; differentiate; characterize; discern; perceive; signalize; honor; glorify.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Dis·tin·guish·ing, a. Constituting difference, or distinction from everything else; distinctive; peculiar; characteristic.
    The distinguishing doctrines of our holy religion.   --Locke.
 Distinguishing pennant Naut., a special pennant by which any particular vessel in a fleet is recognized and signaled.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : serving to distinguish or identify a species or group; "the
            distinguishing mark of the species is its plumage";
            "distinctive tribal tattoos"; "we were asked to
            describe any identifying marks or distinguishing
            features" [syn: distinctive, identifying(a)]