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discern


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Discern  \Dis*cern"\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  see  or  understand  the  difference;  to  make  distinction; 
  as  to  discern  between  good  and  evil,  truth  and  falsehood. 
 
  More  than  sixscore  thousand  that  cannot  discern 
  between  their  right  hand  their  left  --Jonah  iv 
  11. 
 
  2.  To  make  cognizance.  [Obs.]  --Bacon. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Discern  \Dis*cern"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Discerned};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Discerning}.]  [F.  discerner,  L.  discernere, 
  discretum  dis-  +  cernere  to  separate,  distinguish.  See 
  {Certain},  and  cf  {Discreet}.] 
  1.  To  see  and  identify  by  noting  a  difference  or  differences; 
  to  note  the  distinctive  character  of  to  discriminate;  to 
  distinguish. 
 
  To  discern  such  buds  as  are  fit  to  produce  blossoms. 
  --Boyle. 
 
  A  counterfeit  stone  which  thine  eye  can  not  discern 
  from  a  right  stone.  --Robynson 
  (More's 
  Utopia). 
 
  2.  To  see  by  the  eye  or  by  the  understanding;  to  perceive  and 
  recognize;  as  to  discern  a  difference. 
 
  And  [I]  beheld  among  the  simple  ones,  I  discerned 
  among  the  youths,  a  young  man  void  of  understanding. 
  --Prov.  vii. 
  7. 
 
  Our  unassisted  sight  .  .  .  is  not  acute  enough  to 
  discern  the  minute  texture  of  visible  objects. 
  --Beattie. 
 
  I  wake,  and  I  discern  the  truth.  --Tennyson. 
 
  Syn:  To  perceive;  distinguish;  discover;  penetrate; 
  discriminate;  espy;  descry;  detect.  See  {Perceive}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  discern 
  v  :  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"  [syn:  {recognize}, 
  {distinguish},  {pick  out},  {make  out},  {tell  apart}] 




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