If you say that you are talking about one thing as distinct from another, you are indicating exactly which thing you mean. There's a lot of evidence that oily fish, as distinct from fatty meat, has a beneficial effect
If something is distinct from something else of the same type, it is different or separate from it. Engineering and technology are disciplines distinct from one another and from science This book is divided into two distinct parts. + distinctly dis·tinct·ly a banking industry with two distinctly different sectors
If something is distinct, you can hear, see, or taste it clearly. to impart a distinct flavor with a minimum of cooking fat. + distinctly dis·tinct·ly I distinctly heard the loudspeaker calling passengers for the Turin-Amsterdam flight
A phrase used in the SELECT relational algebra operator to list only those values of an attribute that are different from each other If a particular value is selected multiple times, it will only appear once in the result table
(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
emphasis You can use distinct to emphasize that something is great enough in amount or degree to be noticeable or important. Being 6ft 3in tall has some distinct disadvantages! = definite + distinctly dis·tinct·ly His government is looking distinctly shaky
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"
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
recognizable; marked; "noticed a distinct improvement"; "at a distinct (or decided) disadvantage" 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" (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
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"
constituting a separate entity or part; "a government with three discrete divisions"; "on two distinct occasions"
If an idea, thought, or intention is distinct, it is clear and definite. Now that Tony was no longer present, there was a distinct change in her attitude + distinctly dis·tinct·ly I distinctly remember wishing I had not got involved
recognizable; marked; "noticed a distinct improvement"; "at a distinct (or decided) disadvantage"
Distinguished; having the difference marked; separated by a visible sign; marked out; specified
A group function which specifies that only one row will be returned for each unique value For example, a select distinct on last name would return only one value for "Smith", even if there were 5 different Smiths in the warehouse
A distinction is a special award or honour that is given to someone because of their very high level of achievement. The order was created in 1902 as a special distinction for eminent men and women = honour
A distinction between similar things is a difference. There are obvious distinctions between the two wine-making areas If you draw a distinction or make a distinction, you say that two things are different. I did not yet make a distinction between the pleasures of reading and of writing fiction
If you say that someone or something has the distinction of being something, you are drawing attention to the fact that they have the special quality of being that thing. Distinction is normally used to refer to good qualities, but can sometimes also be used to refer to bad qualities. He has the distinction of being regarded as the Federal Republic's greatest living writer
Something that is distinctive has a special quality or feature which makes it easily recognizable and different from other things of the same type. His voice was very distinctive. + distinctively dis·tinc·tive·ly the distinctively fragrant taste of elderflowers + distinctiveness dis·tinc·tive·ness His own distinctiveness was always evident at school. having a special quality, character, or appearance that is different and easy to recognize
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"
clear to the mind; with distinct mental discernment; "it's distinctly possible"; "I could clearly see myself in his situation" to a distinct degree; "urbanization in Spain is distinctly correlated with a fall in reproductive rate" in a distinct and distinguishable manner; "the subtleties of this distinctly British occasion
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