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constant

[kon-stuh nt]
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adjective
  1. not changing or varying; uniform; regular; invariable: All conditions during the three experiments were constant.
  2. continuing without pause or letup; unceasing: constant noise.
  3. regularly recurrent; continual; persistent: He found it impossible to work with constant interruption.
  4. faithful; unswerving in love, devotion, etc.: a constant lover.
  5. steadfast; firm in mind or purpose; resolute.
  6. Obsolete. certain; confident.
noun
  1. something that does not or cannot change or vary.
  2. Physics. a number expressing a property, quantity, or relation that remains unchanged under specified conditions.
  3. Mathematics. a quantity assumed to be unchanged throughout a given discussion.

Origin of constant

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin constant- (stem of constāns, present participle of constāre to stand firm), equivalent to con- con- + stā- stand + -nt- present participle suffix
Related formscon·stant·ly, adverbnon·con·stant, noun, adjectiveo·ver·con·stant, adjectiveo·ver·con·stant·ly, adverbo·ver·con·stant·ness, nounqua·si-con·stant, adjectivequa·si-con·stant·ly, adverbun·con·stant, adjectiveun·con·stant·ly, adverb

Synonyms

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1. unchanging, immutable, permanent. 2. perpetual, unremitting, uninterrupted. 3. incessant, ceaseless. 4. loyal, staunch, true. See faithful. 5. steady, unwavering, unswerving.

Antonyms

1. changeable. 2. fitful. 3. sporadic. 4. unreliable. 5. wavering.
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British Dictionary definitions for constantly

constant

adjective
  1. fixed and invariable; unchanging
  2. continual or continuous; incessantconstant interruptions
  3. resolute in mind, purpose, or affection; loyal
noun
  1. something that is permanent or unchanging
  2. a specific quantity that is always invariablethe velocity of light is a constant
    1. mathsa symbol representing an unspecified number that remains invariable throughout a particular series of operations
    2. physicsa theoretical or experimental quantity or property that is considered invariable throughout a particular series of calculations or experiments
  3. See logical constant
Derived Formsconstantly, adverb

Word Origin

C14: from Old French, from Latin constāns standing firm, from constāre to be steadfast, from stāre to stand

Constant

noun
  1. Benjamin (bɛ̃ʒamɛ̃). real name Henri Benjamin Constant de Rebecque. 1767–1830, French writer and politician: author of the psychological novel Adolphe (1816)
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Word Origin and History for constantly

constant

adj.

late 14c., "steadfast, resolute," from Old French constant (14c.) or directly from Latin constantem (nominative constans) "standing firm, stable, steadfast, faithful," present participle of constare, from com- "together" (see com-) + stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Of actions and conditions from 1650s. Related: Constantly.

constant

n.

1832 in mathematics and physics, from constant (adj.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

constantly in Medicine

constant

([object Object])
adj.
  1. Continually occurring; persistent.
  2. Unchanging in nature, value, or extent; invariable.
n.
  1. A quantity assumed to have a fixed value in a specified mathematical context.
  2. An experimental or theoretical condition, factor, or quantity that does not vary or that is regarded as invariant in specified circumstances.
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constantly in Science

constant

[kŏnstənt]
  1. A quantity that is unknown but assumed to have a fixed value in a specified mathematical context.
  2. A theoretical or experimental quantity, condition, or factor that does not vary in specified circumstances. Avogadro's number and Planck's constant are examples of constants.
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constantly in Culture

constant

A number that appears in equations and formulas and does not vary or change. Examples are Planck's constant and the speed of light.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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