distinguish

Definitions

  • Distinguished Conduct Medal
    Distinguished Conduct Medal
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v distinguish mark as different "We distinguish several kinds of maple"
    • v distinguish be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense "His modesty distinguishes him from his peers"
    • v distinguish identify as in botany or biology, for example
    • v distinguish make conspicuous or noteworthy
    • v distinguish detect with the senses "The fleeing convicts were picked out of the darkness by the watchful prison guards","I can't make out the faces in this photograph"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Gorillas are considered apes, not monkeys. The way to distinguish between an ape and a monkey is that apes do not have tails
    • Distinguish 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."
      "Milton has distinguished the sweetbrier and the eglantine."
    • Distinguish To become distinguished or distinctive; to make one's self or itself discernible. "The little embryo . . . first distinguishes into a little knot."
    • Distinguish To constitute a difference; to make to differ. "Who distinguisheth thee?"
    • Distinguish To make distinctions; to perceive the difference; to exercise discrimination; -- with between; as, a judge distinguishes between cases apparently similar, but differing in principle.
    • Distinguish 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.""Nor more can you distinguish of a man,
      Than of his outward show."
    • Distinguish 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."
    • Distinguish 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The eye of a human can distinguish 500 shades of the gray
    • distinguish To mark or note in a way to indicate difference; mark as distinct or different; characterize; indicate the difference of.
    • distinguish To recognize as different or distinct from what is contiguous or similar; perceive or discover the differences or characteristic marks or qualities of; recognize by some distinctive mark; know or ascertain difference in through the senses or the understanding; perceive or make out.
    • distinguish Hence To establish, state, or explain a difference or the differences between two or more things; separate by classification or definition; discriminate; set off or apart.
    • distinguish To discern critically; judge.
    • distinguish To separate from others by some mark of honor or preference; treat with distinction or honor; make eminent or superior; give distinction to.
    • distinguish To make a distinction; find or show a difference: followed by between.
    • distinguish To become distinct or distinguishable; become differentiated.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Hens can distinguish between all the colors of the rainbow.
    • v.t Distinguish dis-ting′gwish to mark off, set apart (often with from): to recognise by characteristic qualities: to discern critically: to separate by a mark of honour: to make eminent or known
    • v.i Distinguish to make or show distinctions or differences, to recognise the difference (with from, between)
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Quotations

  • Edward Dowden
    Edward Dowden
    “Sometimes a noble failure serves the world as faithfully as a distinguished success.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    Benjamin%20Disraeli
    “He was distinguished for ignorance; for he had only one idea, and that was wrong.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    Henry%20David%20Thoreau
    “I do not know how to distinguish between our waking life and a dream. Are we not always living the life that we imagine we are?”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    Ambrose%20Bierce
    “Learning. The kind of ignorance distinguishing the studious.”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    Oliver%20Wendell%20Holmes
    “I should like to see any kind of a man, distinguishable from a gorilla that some good and even pretty woman could not shape a husband out of.”
  • John Ruskin
    John%20Ruskin
    “The distinguishing sign of slavery is to have a price, and to be bought for it.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. distinguer, L. distinguere, distinctum,; di-, = dis-, + stinguere, to quench, extinguish; prob. orig., to prick, and so akin to G. stechen, E. stick, and perh. sting,. Cf. Extinguish

Usage

In literature:

The characters are either not distinguishable, or are distinguished only by peculiarities of the most glaring kind.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Many distinguished highland regiments served in Canada during the nineteenth century.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
The latter was a man of unusual versatility, and was especially distinguished as a linguist.
"As I Remember" by Marian Gouverneur
Distinguish between history, natural history, and natural science.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
Here the learned, indefatigable Tisdale taught with distinguished success.
"The History of Dartmouth College" by Baxter Perry Smith
I think I may safely say there is no known rule by which the good can be distinguished from the bad.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
The bright bay mass of spores within will serve to distinguish the species.
"The Myxomycetes of the Miami Valley, Ohio" by A. P. Morgan
The next step is to distinguish between pruning and training.
"Manual of American Grape-Growing" by U. P. Hedrick
This bird can be distinguished by the white cheeks and throat and the reddish brown foreneck.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
To appreciate this point, we must first be careful to distinguish immorality from coarseness.
"A Manual of the Art of Fiction" by Clayton Hamilton
Thus work and play must be sharply distinguished from each other.
"Pedagogics as a System" by Karl Rosenkranz
In the history of the drama John Bale takes distinguished rank.
"East Anglia Personal Recollections and Historical Associations" by J. Ewing Ritchie
Bees distinguish strangers only by the smell: hence, so connected, they will not quarrel or pillage.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden
Probably everywhere, but not distinguished from 1.
"The North American Slime-Moulds" by Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride
Louisa's voice was the first distinguished.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
Distinguish introspection from theorizing.
"Psychology" by Robert S. Woodworth
The city was founded in 1573 by Luis Geronimo de Cabrera and was for a long time distinguished for its learning and piety.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 4" by Various
I've never seen a more wonderful place for a distinguished home.
"Kastle Krags" by Absalom Martin
At least one Pope had been a distinguished scientist before being elected to the Papacy.
"The Popes and Science" by James J. Walsh
D.S.O., Distinguished Service Order.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 1" by Various
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In poetry:

In your garb and outward clothing
A reservëd plainness use;
By their neatness more distinguished
Than the brightness of their hues.
"Neatness In Apparel" by Charles Lamb
Another, step by step, will follow
The living imprint of your feet;
But you yourself must not distinguish
Your victory from your defeat.
"It is not seemly to be famous..." by Boris Pasternak
I did not know the words had ceased,
I thought that he was speaking still,
Nor had distinguished sacred priest
From pagan thorn, from pagan rill.
"At The Gate Of The Convent" by Alfred Austin
Think finally about the secret will
Pretending obedience to Nature, but
Invidiously distinguishing everywhere,
Dividing up the world to conquer it.
"Learning the Trees" by Howard Nemerov
And, often, my lamp dies out in the dark,
As I sleep on the easy swell;
Till I fail to distinguish the signs that mark
The poles of Heaven and Hell!
"The Mariner's Compass" by Ernest Jones
I distinguish him among all
who are his equals and it seems to me it cannot be,
that like this we go nowhere,
that to survive like this holds no glory.
"The People" by Pablo Neruda

In news:

At 93, Duffy Martin is tall and distinguished-looking, with a neatly trimmed white mustache and goatee.
The folks who can distinguish the gold from the crapola.
Distinguished Actor's Talents Graced Screen, Political Stage.
Sarah and Todd Palin and their TV-centric family are distinguishing.
She discovered the old picture in her mother's closet, but no one seemed to know the identity of the distinguished looking man.
The distinguished founder of the small Greene County community of Switz City.
The Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis) can be distinguished from Clark's Grebe by the black cap which extends below the Western Grebe 's eyes.
Al Guay to receive ADA Distinguished Service Award.
Guay to receive Distinguished Service Award.
Albert H Guay , ADA's chief policy advisor emeritus and an Association member for more than 50 years, will receive the ADA Distinguished Service Award for 2012, it was announced at the June meeting of the Board of Trustees.
Guay receives Distinguished Service Award.
Arthur Oliner, one of Merrimac's three founders, has enjoyed one of the most distinguished careers in the history of the microwave industry.
It was a windowless square with no distinguishing features except for a single beige stripe around its middle.
Members of the healing professions who write (generally about themselves) are easy to distinguish from writers who make a living in the healing professions.
Among Hebe 's numerous industry accomplishments is the Distinguished Service Citation from the Automotive Hall of Fame in 1995, one of the few trucking industry executives to earn this distinction.
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In science:

This one distinguishes the quantum electrodynamics (QED) from the quantum chromodynamics: QED does not have the photon-photon interaction.
A String Approximation for Cooper Pair in High-T$_{\bf c}$ superconductivity
The hierarchies with grade one element Λ are distinguished by the fact that pencil of Poisson structures has no local annihilators.
Solutions to WDVV from generalized Drinfeld-Sokolov hierarchies
Primitive conjugacy classes are distinguished as they have no representative in any proper Weyl subgroup W ′ ⊂ W (g).
Solutions to WDVV from generalized Drinfeld-Sokolov hierarchies
Incidentally, we have never maintained that 1 − ∆, where ∆ is the ratio of a nonequilibrium entropy to the corresponding equilibrium entropy, could distinguish different equilibrium distributions.
Response to Comments on "Simple Measure for Complexity"
LD00 termed the process “resonance relaxation” to distinguish from the D-G process and calculated the expected alignment values for grains of different sizes.
Physics of Grain Alignment
For asymptotically large k we can distinguish three different domains in the integration over x.
Spectral Universality of Real Chiral Random Matrix Ensembles
To distinguish the de(cid:12)nition of cps given in this paper from that given in (Friedman & Halpern,  ), I call the latter an FH-cps.
Conditional Plausibility Measures and Bayesian Networks
Here and in the future ˙A(t1 ) ˙A(t2 ) denotes direct tensor product, which is to be distinguished from scalar one, e.g.
Generalized Entropy approach to far-from-equilibrium statistical mechanics
Using this proposition we will not distinguish between the strict and the wide notions of definability.
On the consistency of the definable tree property on \aleph_1
Sometimes, to distinguish the vertex operator map Y for a module W from that for the adjoint module V we use notation YW .
Generalized vertex algebras generated by parafermion-like vertex operators
They are distinguished by the different physical processes included, and by the different numerical techniques used.
The Dynamical Interstellar Medium: Insights from Numerical Models
From (4.2) we see that we should distinguish two regimes: small eigenvalue |z | ≤ ρ/m2 and large eigenvalue |z | ≥ ρ/m2 .
Hopping between Random Locations: Spectrum and Instanton
Every component of C collapsed by f has at least 3 distinguished points, i.e. marked points and/or nodes.
Some applications of localization to enumerative problems
We distinguish the two situations by putting a subscript l for the lower half and u for the upper half.
Exact Expressions for Minor Hysteresis Loops in the Random Field Ising Model on a Bethe Lattice at Zero Temperature
The functions s∗ µ have a very nice and important representation-theoretic interpretations as the image under the Harish-Chandra homomorphism of a distinguished linear basis of the center of the universal enveloping algebra U(gln ).
Combinatorial formula for Macdonald polynomials, Bethe Ansatz, and generic Macdonald polynomials
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