Etymology Project

Discrete

Origin

The origins of the word discrete are Latin and Middle English

Definitions

Dictionary Definitions:

1. Apart or detached from others; separate; distinct

2. Consisting of or characterized by distinct or individual parts; discontinuous

3. Having the property that every subset is an open set (math)

4. Defined only for an isolated set of points (math)

5. Using only arithmetic and algebra; not involving calculus (math)


My Definition:

~Separate or different from others; able to tell apart; unique

Other Forms

Prefixes:

~Dis-apart, away


Suffixes:

~None


Parts of Speech:

~Discrete-adjective

~Discretely-adverb

~Discreteness-noun


Roots:

~None

Synonyms

~disconnected

~diverse

~unattached

Pronounciation

dih-skreet

Sentences

1. There were eight discrete parts to the final exam.


2. In math, we have to use discrete methods to calculate our answers.

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Amorphous

Origin

The origin of the word amorphous is Greek.

Definitions

Dictionary Definitions:

1. Lacking definite form; having no specific shape; formless

2. Of no particular kind or character; indeterminate; having no pattern or structure; unorganized

3. Occurring in a mass, as without stratification or crystalline structured

4. Not crystalline (chemistry)

5. Having structural components that are not clearly differentiated; as the nuclear material in certain bacteria (biology)


My Definition:

~No real form or structure to the object; no certain way that it's supposed to look; messy and unorganized

Other Forms

Prefixes:

~None


Suffixes:

~None


Parts of Speech:

~Amorphous-adjective

~Amorphously-adverb

~Amorphousness-noun


Roots:

~None

Synonyms

~characterless

~nebulous

~nondescript

Pronounciation

uh-mawr-fuh s

Sentences

1. The amorphous puddle of water on the pool deck was slowly spreading out on the ground.


2. His amorphous handwriting was barely legible.

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Plethora

Origin

The origin of the word plethora is Greek.

Definitions

Dictionary Definitions:

1. Overabundance; excess

2. A morbid condition due to excess of red corpuscles in the blood or increase in the quantity of blood (pathology)


My Definition:

~An abundance of something; a large amount

Other Forms

Prefixes:

~None


Suffixes:

~None


Parts of Speech:

~Plethora-noun


Roots:

~None

Synonyms

~superabundance
~plenty
~surplus

Pronounciation

pleth-er-uh

Sentences

1. There were a plethora of people at Carowinds.


2. My brother got a plethora of Halloween candy when he went trick-or-treating.

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Indolent

Origin

The origin of the word indolent is Latin.

Definitions

Dictionary Definitions:

1. Having or showing a disposition to avoid exertion; slothful

2. Causing little or no pain; inactive or relatively benign (pathology)


My Definition:

~Showing an unwillingness to exert energy; lazy

Other Forms

Prefixes:

~In-in, on, not


Suffixes:

~Ent- accident, different


Parts of Speech:

~Indolent-adjective

~Indolently-adverb


Roots:

~None

Synonyms

~lackadaisical
~lethargic
~sluggish

Pronounciation

in-dl-uh nt

Sentences

1. She was indolent and tried to find excuses to get out of everything.


2. The whole class was indolent, nobody wanted to do anything.