• Distinction without Difference
    Distinction without Difference
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n distinctiveness utter dissimilarity
    • n distinctiveness a distinguishing trait
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Two men wearing distinctly different uniforms are waving identical flags with the double headed eagle emblem and are fighting each other across a river. This may be a reference to the Russo-Turkish war of 1877–1878. Two Balkan men casually watch the battle from behind a wall Two men wearing distinctly different uniforms are waving identical flags with the double headed eagle emblem and are...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The longest word in the English language is 1909 letters long and it refers to a distinct part of DNA
    • n Distinctiveness State of being distinctive.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1996, toy company Mattel released a "Harley Davidson" Barbie. This dolls distinctive feature is a birth mark on her face that changes position with every new release of the doll
    • n distinctiveness The state or quality of being distinctive; distinctive character; individuality.
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  • James Baldwin
    “The primary distinction of the artist is that he must actively cultivate that state which most men, necessarily, must avoid: the state of being alone.”
  • Mark Twain
    “The cross of the Legion of Honor has been conferred on me. However, few escape that distinction.”
  • John Ruskin
    “The distinctive character of a child is to always live in the tangible present.”
  • Albert Einstein
    “The distinctions separating the social classes are false; in the last analysis they rest on force.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “The happiest conversation is that of which nothing is distinctly remembered but a general effect of pleasing impression.”
  • Thomas Fuller
    “An invincible determination can accomplish almost anything and in this lies the great distinction between great men and little men.”


In literature:

Thus this end-book is a weaving of both Old and New into a new bit of fabric, but with a more distinct pattern than either.
"Quiet Talks on the Crowned Christ of Revelation" by S. D. Gordon
There are several distinct species.
"Quadrupeds, What They Are and Where Found" by Mayne Reid
He was listening to the sounds which grew momentarily louder and more distinct.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
Yet it was broad, glaring daylight, every object fearfully distinct.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Three distinct kinds of leaves are met with in grasses.
"A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses" by Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar
For the sake of distinction, I call this tube the experimental tube.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
Though not gifted with the highest order of eloquence, he was clear, distinct, and persuasive.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
Surely there is here a most distinct implication that it is a declaration of personal faith.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
The dogs of the Taruma Indians are quite distinct, and resemble Buffon's St. Domingo greyhound.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Vol. I." by Charles Darwin
Philosophy suffers the distinction of being regarded as essentially an academic pursuit.
"The Approach to Philosophy" by Ralph Barton Perry

In poetry:

He, first of all, turn'd water into wine —
Then heal'd all, whom He saw with sickness pine.
The blind, He caus'd to see — and the deaf ear
Distinctly, ev'ry Word He spoke, to hear.
"The Life And Death Of Christ" by Rees Prichard
The moon went under a ragged cloud,
The owl cried out of the ruined wall,
Slow and solemn, distinct and loud,
His melancholy call:
Tu-whit, tu-whit, tu-whoo!
Like a creature in a shroud.
"What the Owl Said to Me" by Kate Seymour Maclean
It was about midnight when the Frenchman hove in sight,
And could be seen distinctly in the starlight;
And for an hour and a half they fired away
Broadsides into each other without dismay.
"An All-Night Sea Fight" by William Topaz McGonagall
Now standing at the water’s edge,
Mine eyes thereon I threw,
And, lo! distinctly through the sedge,
What is it there I view?—
Not mine own shadow from the ledge,
But him!—the Black I slew!
"Ned Connor" by Charles Harpur
GOVERNOR. In distinct and separate prisons,
And with watchful eyes to guard them,
Place the two. -- And you, Lysander,
Is it possible you have tarnished
Such a noble reputation,
Suffering . . . .
"The Wonder-Working Magician - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Some words she runstogetherso;
Some others are distinctly stated;
Some cometoofast and s o m e t o o s l o w
And some are syncopated.
And yet no voice--I am sincere--
Exists that I prefer to hear.
"Footlight Motifs" by Franklin Pierce Adams

In news:

With 46,000 people living on a pair of tiny Caribbean islands separated by only two miles of water, this country already holds the distinction of being the smallest in the Western Hemisphere.
Performed in separate, distinct areas of the tiny La MaMa stage.
SUGAR AND THE SEA A sprinkling of sea salt just before baking adds a distinctive dimension to chocolate chip cookie s.
Choreographer Allison Orr assembled dancers neither lithe nor acrobatic but with a distinct grace of their own for her latest project.
Savory sausage has distinct color, flavor.
Survey shows distinct differences in how Americans view shooting death.
One side effect of the American political habit of fighting metaphorical "wars"—the war on poverty, the war on drugs—is the blurring of distinctions.
Would such a distinction calm Church's concerns about being forced to bless same-sex nuptials.
GAMBIER — The spring concert of the Knox County Symphony will bring the distinctive cradling warmth and gentle melancholy of Brahms' "German Requiem," filled out with the dusky beauty of a new A clarinet .
Our country is at war in two distinct theaters and, as President Obama takes office, major decisions about both campaigns must be made soon.
What many recognize as the distinct odor of a diesel engine may soon be a thing of the past with the advent of a new technology: biodiesel.
Charleston's preppiest men have a distinct sense of style, and M. Dumas stocks the goods they need to pull it off.
For a guy who's spent a large chunk of his career oscillating between two distinct musical modes, Neil Young has in this decade acted as a particularly strict sonic segregationist.
Police say they recognized 51-year-old Djamil Azizi because of his distinctive mustache and his height - he is 6-foot-2.
There was a distinct moment this past week when I really felt like a genuine city slicker.

In science:

Since additive operators are macroscopic dynamical variables [11, 22], two (or more) states are macroscopically distinct from each other if they have macroscopically distinct values of an additive operator.
Necessity of Superposition of Macroscopically Distinct States for Quantum Computational Speedup
The best bounds on the disconnection time known from [Szn09b] and [Szn09d] involve parameters derived from random interlacements and the upcoming work [TW10] connects distinct regimes for random interlacements with distinct regimes for the vacant set left by random walk on the torus.
Giant vacant component left by a random walk in a random d-regular graph
Since the sets Wz are disjoint for distinct z ’s, the variables ξ+(z) will be independent for distinct z ’s due to the Poissonian character of Π+ (the same will also hold for ξ− (x)), see Lemma 6.5 below.
Giant vacant component left by a random walk in a random d-regular graph
Since distinct strings starting on a vertex in Π have distinct end points, each 8 nv+ β .
Giant vacant component left by a random walk in a random d-regular graph
Recall that our aim is to prove that, with probability at least 1 − o(1/n), x has many distinct Ex = (cid:8)x has at least kh−3 distinct ancestors of order h with labels at least nβ−δ (cid:9). anscestors of order h, all of them should have a large enough label.
Longest path distance in random circuits