Distinct vs Separated - What's the difference?

distinct | separated |

As adjectives the difference between distinct and separated

is that distinct is capable of being perceived very clearly while separated is detached; not connected or joined; two or more things stand apart.

As a verb separated is





(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




    (en adjective)
  • detached; not connected or joined; two or more things stand apart.
  • (of spouses) estranged; living apart but not divorced.
  • Usage notes

    When used in cooking to describe eggs in which the yolk and white have been disjoined from each other, it is more commonly used in the appositive form (two eggs, separated'') than in the usual position for an English adjective (''two separated eggs ).


    * combined * unified * united


  • (separate)
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