Hypertext Webster Gateway: "distinguishing"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Distinguish \Dis*tin"guish\, v. t. [imp. & p. p.
{Distinguished}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Distinguishing}.] [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.
1. 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. --Dryden.

Milton has distinguished the sweetbrier and the
eglantine. --Nares.

2. 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. --T. Burnet.

3. 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. --Watts.

Nor more can you distinguish of a man, Than of his
outward show. --Shak.

4. To constitute a difference; to make to differ.

Who distinguisheth thee? --1 Cor. iv.
7. (Douay

5. 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.'' --Johnson.

Syn: To mark; discriminate; differentiate; characterize;
discern; perceive; signalize; honor; glorify.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Distinguishing \Dis*tin"guish*ing\, a.
Constituting difference, or distinction from everything else;
distinctive; peculiar; characteristic.

The distinguishing doctrines of our holy religion.

{Distinguishing pennant} (Naut.), a special pennant by which
any particular vessel in a fleet is recognized and
signaled. --Simmonds.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj : serving to distinguish or identify a species or group; "the
distinguishing mark of the species is its plumage";
"distinctive tribal tattoos"; "we were asked to
describe any identifying marks or distinguishing
features" [syn: {distinctive}, {identifying(a)}]

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