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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Discerning  \Dis*cern"ing\,  a. 
  Acute;  shrewd;  sagacious;  sharp-sighted.  --Macaulay. 
 
  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]: 
 
  discerning 
  adj  1:  having  or  revealing  keen  insight  and  good  judgment;  "a 
  discerning  critic";  "a  discerning  reader"  [ant:  {undiscerning}] 
  2:  unobtrusively  perceptive  and  sympathetic;  "a  discerning 
  editor";  "a  discreet  silence"  [syn:  {discreet}] 
  3:  quick  to  understand;  "a  kind  and  apprehensive  friend"- 
  Nathaniel  Hawthorne  [syn:  {apprehensive}] 
  4:  able  to  make  or  detect  effects  of  great  subtlety;  sensitive; 
  "discerning  taste";  "a  fine  eye  for  color"  [syn:  {fine}] 




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