# DISCRETE

, or Disjunct, *Proportion,* is that in
which the ratio between two or more pairs of numbers
is the same, and yet the proportion is not continued,
so as that the ratio may be the same between the consequent
of one pair and the antecedent of the next pair.

Thus, if the numbers or proportion 6 : 8 :: 3 : 4 be
considered: the ratio of 6 to 8 is the same as that of
3 to 4, and therefore these four numbers are proportional:
but it is only *discretely* or *disjunctly,* and not
continued; for 8 to 3 is not the same ratio as the former;
that is, the proportion is broken off between 8
and 3, and not continued all along, as it is in these fol-
lowing four numbers, which are called *continual proportionals,*
viz, 3 : 6 :: 12 : 24.

Discrete *Quantity,* is such as is not continued and
joined together. Such for instance is any number; for
its parts, being distinct units, cannot be united into
one *continuum;* for in a *continuum* there are no actual
determinate parts before division, but they are potentially
infinite: so that it is usually and truly said that
continued quantity is divisible *in infinitum.*