- uninterrupted in time; without cessation: continuous coughing during the concert.
- being in immediate connection or spatial relationship: a continuous series of blasts; a continuous row of warehouses.
- Grammar. progressive(def 7).
Origin of continuous
Examples from the Web for continuous
The director, Jonathan Demme, offers us a continuous rock experience that keeps building, becoming ever more intense and euphoric.The Stacks: Pauline Kael's Talking Heads Obsession
November 22, 2014
There had been continuous problems with the Pratt & Whitney engines.The Sexy Dream of the 747
October 26, 2014
That really hit me, the continuous flow of ideas without stopping.The Stacks: John Coltrane’s Mighty Musical Quest
October 18, 2014
The ensuing night gave me the grand migraine of my life, with throbs like the blows of an ax and continuous pinwheels.The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire
October 4, 2014
After 57 years of continuous operation, the theater closed, was sold to a private company, and scheduled for demolition.How to Save Silent Movies: Inside New Jersey’s Cinema Paradiso
October 2, 2014
She always thought of seventy-nine as one continuous November.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
Porter viewed this continuous performance with silent skepticism.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
This report was followed by another, and yet another, and now by one continuous volley.Ridgeway
At its highest speed this ticking changed into a continuous sound of trickling.The Secret Agent
The thunder was not loud, but it kept up a continuous muttering and rumbling.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
- prolonged without interruption; unceasinga continuous noise
- in an unbroken series or pattern
- maths (of a function or curve) changing gradually in value as the variable changes in value. A function f is continuous if at every value a of the independent variable the difference between f(x) and f(a) approaches zero as x approaches aCompare discontinuous (def. 2) See also limit (def. 5)
- statistics (of a variable) having a continuum of possible values so that its distribution requires integration rather than summation to determine its cumulative probabilityCompare discrete (def. 3)
- grammar another word for progressive (def. 8)
Word Origin and History for continuous
1640s, from French continueus or directly from Latin continuus "uninterrupted, hanging together" (see continue). Related: Continuously.
- Uninterrupted in time, sequence, substance, or extent.
- Attached together in repeated units.
- Relating to a line or curve that extends without a break or irregularity.
- A function in which changes, however small, to any x-value result in small changes to the corresponding y-value, without sudden jumps. Technically, a function is continuous at the point c if it meets the following condition: for any positive number ε, however small, there exists a positive number δ such that for all x within the distance δ from c, the value of f(x) will be within the distance ε from f(c). Polynomials, exponential functions, and trigonometric functions are examples of continuous functions.