Distinct vs Babelize - What's the difference?

distinct | babelize |

As an adjective distinct

is capable of being perceived very clearly.

As a verb babelize is

to confuse by mixing or mingling divergent or distinct languages or cultures.




(en adjective)
  • Capable of being perceived very clearly.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=July-August, author= Fenella Saunders
  • , title= Tiny Lenses See the Big Picture, magazine=(American Scientist) , passage=The single-imaging optic of the mammalian eye offers some distinct visual advantages. Such lenses can take in photons from a wide range of angles, increasing light sensitivity. They also have high spatial resolution, resolving incoming images in minute detail.}}
  • Different from one another (with the preferable adposition being "from").
  • * {{quote-book, year=1928, author=Lawrence R. Bourne, title=Well Tackled!
  • , chapter=13 citation , passage=“Yes, there are two distinct sets of footprints, both wearing rubber shoes—one I think ordinary plimsolls, the other goloshes,” replied the sergeant.}}
  • Noticeably different from others; distinctive.
  • Separate in place; not conjunct or united; with from .
  • * Clarendon
  • The intention was that the two armies which marched out together should afterward be distinct .
  • (obsolete) Distinguished; having the difference marked; separated by a visible sign; marked out; specified.
  • * Milton
  • Wherever thus created — for no place / Is yet distinct by name.
  • (obsolete) Marked; variegated.
  • * Spenser
  • The which [place] was dight / With divers flowers distinct with rare delight.


    * prominent * separate * several (in dated sense)


    * indistinct * (capable of being perceived very clearly) confusing * (different from one another) same



    Alternative forms

    * Babelize


  • To confuse by mixing or mingling divergent or distinct languages or cultures.
  • *{{quote-book
  • , year=1995 , author=Thomas A. Wilson , title=Genealogy of the way: the construction and uses of the Confucian tradition in late imperial China , isbn=0804724253 , page=18 , passage=And if we want to speak upon our return of what we have learned there, to speak in our language perforce loses the life of their thoughts, but to speak in their language is to babelize in our own world.}}